The Bubonic Plague terrorized Europe and North Africa in the 14th century,
killing millions of people. Readers learn many fascinating facts about what
became known as the Black Death. They discover that the cause of the disease was
unknown for most of the epidemic, and many unlikely things were blamed,
including bad smells and occult rituals. Detailed sidebars and a comprehensive
timeline augment the compelling text as it examines how the disastrous events of
the plague were exacerbated by peoples ignorance of scientific facts.