Published in 2001, From the Brink of the Apocalypse: Confronting Famine, Ware, Plague, and Death in the Later Middle Ages, is a mid-length, non-fiction, bibliographical novel. Aberth writes "both in his lively, readable style aimed at the nonspecialist and in his antiheroic, almost romantic portrayal of late medieval miseries," Kevin Hughes from Church History. The second edition of this novel includes many more examples from mainland Europe than the first version. Because Aberth is originates from England, his main focus is the experiences of the English during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. With his novel, Aberth develops a thesis that expresses his belief that the crises that struck Europe in the Middle Ages did not represent a period of decline. He believed it was a chance for Europeans to create new answers to solve their problems.
The book begins with a prologue, in which a letter is sent from a musician working for a cardinal in 1347. It is sent from the papal court of Avignon and is received by some of the musician's ...
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...n the details of the disasters that took place in the Middle Ages, a textbook or a more encompassing book would be a wiser choice. However, a first year history college class could use the information in this book with ease. Aberth's writing style is easy to understand and he writes in a way that is easy to follow. He also ties his main thesis into his final sentence by saying "we can perhaps transcend our mortal prison through an appreciation of the art of our ancestors."
• Aberth, John. From the Brink of the Apocalypse: Confronting Famine, War, Plague, and Death in the Later Middle Ages. New York: Routledge, 2001. Print.
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