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The Scourging Angel

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Nothing experienced in human history, before or since, eclipses the terror, tragedy and scale of the Black Death, the disease which decimated Medieval Europe. The Scourging Angel tells the story of Britain immediately before, during and after this catastrophe. It charts the spread of the plague from its inception in Europe and the moment it strikes the south coast of England, to its devastating march northwards through the British Isles, and provides a full and original account of the aftermath of the pandemic. Against a backdrop of empty homes, half-built cathedrals and pestilence-saturated cities, we see a nation gripped by unimaginable fear, shock and paranoia- infected houses are boarded up with survivors still inside; desperate tenants steal clothes from the corpses of their dead neighbours; men driven mad through grief roam the countryside while the invisible contagion incubates within them. By the time it burnt itself out in 1350, the plague had left half the population of the British Isles de
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The definitive account of the Black Death in the British Isles.

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Born in 1978, Benedict Gummer took a Starred Double First in History at Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he was an exhibitioner and scholar. He lives and works in Ipswich and London, where he runs a corporate responsibility consultancy.

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