In 1347, a mysterious plague swept through Europe, killing millions of people. The Black Death, as it became known, was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history. It decimated entire populations, upended economies, and changed the course of civilisation.
In The Great Mortality, John Kelly tells the story of the Black Death in intimate detail. Drawing on original sources, including diaries, letters, and manuscripts, Kelly brings to life the people who lived through this time of horror.
We meet merchants and peasants, doctors and priests, mothers and children, all struggling to survive in a world turned upside down. Kelly's book is not just a chronicle of death and destruction. It is also a story of resilience and hope. In the midst of the chaos, people found ways to comfort each other, to care for the sick, and to rebuild their lives.
The Great Mortality is a reminder that even in the darkest of times, the human spirit can prevail. A gripping and unforgettable account of one of the most devastating pandemics in history.