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Europe on the Brink of the Black Death

Lecture no. 1 from the course: The Black Death: The World's Most Devastating Plague

Europe on the Brink of the Black Death

Taught by Professor Dorsey Armstrong | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

Begin to contemplate the enormity of the Black Death’s impact on the medieval world. As context for the harrowing events to come, take account of the state of medieval society on the eve of the plague. In particular, investigate the religious, economic, and political structures of mid-14th-century Europe.

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August 30, 2019

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m********m
December 23, 2018
I've just finished the entire series and really enjoyed it. Dr. Armstrong has a delivery style which keeps the viewer engaged in the material. She also has a delightful sense of humor. I didn't read the reviews before choosing this course. I wish I had. It wouldn't have taken me until lecture 23 to wonder what the "lump" on the floor behind her was. It was only then that I started paying attention to the background. As I watched lecture 24, I once again paid attention to the background. So intrigued, I actually went back and restarted several lectures, only to realize that I need to brush up on my observation abilities. I had to chuckle to myself and wish that I had figured out the gag sooner. There are rats in various places around the room. I can't believe it took me so long to notice. What a funny touch. Kudos to Dr. Armstrong for the informative and interesting lectures, but also her sense of humor. LOL

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September 4, 2018

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