MadeGlobal s History in a Nutshell Series aims to give readers a good grounding in a historical topic in a concise, easily digestible and accessible way Claire Ridgway, author and creator of The Anne Boleyn Files, is known for her easy going style, but with an emphasis on good history and sound research In Sweating Sickness in a Nutshell, Claire Ridgway examines what theMadeGlobal s History in a Nutshell Series aims to give readers a good grounding in a historical topic in a concise, easily digestible and accessible way Claire Ridgway, author and creator of The Anne Boleyn Files, is known for her easy going style, but with an emphasis on good history and sound research In Sweating Sickness in a Nutshell, Claire Ridgway examines what the historical sources say about the five epidemics of the mystery disease which hit England between 1485 and 1551, and considers the symptoms, who it affected, the treatments, theories regarding its cause and why it only affected English people.
Sweating Sickness In a Nutshell MadeGlobal s History in a Nutshell Series aims to give readers a good grounding in a historical topic in a concise easily digestible and accessible way Claire Ridgway author and creator of The Anne
Ridgway's essay on the Sweating Sickness is exactly what the title claims. The essay is a good overview, introduction, what you need to know about the illness. She even covers how the illness is depicted in fiction. Nicely done discussion about what it could or could not be.
The sweating sickness is one of the biggest enigmas in history. Claure Ridgway does a good job explaining the ailments that came with this disease, as well as dispelling the common myth that it was a product of the first Tudor king's mercenaries when he came to claim the crown of England, and tracing its possible origins. She does a good job using contemporary sources and modern medical research. I believe it was a mixture of all the bacteria and possible reasons listed in this book from the flo [...]
A quick read about several unexplained epidemics in the 13th and 14th centuries that killed incredibly quickly. Though there is no known identification of the disease, it is very interesting to read the historical accounts and 'treatments'.
HmmmmmmmI do love Claire's books, but this left me rather coldrdon the pun. A very quick read, with lots of information. I do wish it hadn't been written in the medieval style of speakingI found that a bit difficult. But this little book has bunches of interesting facts.
It was more like a high school term paper than a book. Not much information.
An interesting little read outlining this strange illness. I particularly enjoyed the section on proposed treatments.
Review to come shortly, interesting little read and exactly what title implies - info in a nutshell.++++++++++++++My book blog ---> allthebookblognamesaretaken.blDirect and straight to the point, just like I like 'em. I am so confused by those who have rated this book lower based on the fact that they feel it is short, or more like a thesis; I mean, it is part of a series call 'In a Nutshell', so I am unsure what others were expecting.There are no superfluous details here. It is exactly what [...]
Excellent Summary of a Mysterious IllnessThis volume is a well written and well organized booklet giving the known contemporary descriptions of the symptoms and treatments for the "English Sweat." A scarily brief virus with no warning before onset and a high mortality rate (often within hours of being struck ill), one can understand why the upper class of Tudor England - who were unusually susceptible to it - were terrified by even hearing rumors of an outbreak.Using quite a full list of primary [...]
A very matter-of-fact resource about the Sweating Sickness (useful to have a bit more info since I'm into Tudor history). It does read like a college paper in that it's short, dry and broken down as such. This isn't anything I'd recommend to be read independently by non-English history buffs, but it's good to know.
This is a concise and thorough coverage of the mysterious disease that struck England several times during the Tudor period before vanishing just as quickly as it appeared. If you were writing a book about the Tudors, whether fiction or nonfiction, I think this book would be an asset to your research.
This was more of an essay on the Sweating Sickness. It was a simple read and took virtually no time. The thesis of this short book would make a very good beginning for a full length account on the disease and it's consequences. Very interesting aside about how Anglo-Saxons were more likely to get the swear than those of Celtic extraction . .
The sweating sicknessI thoroughly enjoy all things Tudor, and was quite inquisitive after reading many books, watching the Tudors, movies about Henry Vll, etc. this book informed, answered questions and gave enough info but did not overdue it. I'd like to read it again.
Loved it. Easy to read/understand. She used the original passages from books, it was fun to see how they spelled things. If you have a hard time with some words it helps saying them outloud. Like everything else of hers I loved it.
A concise yet highly informative overview of the sweating sickness, which ravaged England in the late 15th and 16th centuries. I was excited to find this, especially when I realized it was written by one of my favorite Tudorphiles. Well worth the read!
I definitely learned a bit from this really short piece on the sweating sickness. I knew it was possibly hantavirus, and that Anne Boleyn had suffered from it, but I was really surprised to see it mostly affected rich, young men. A quick, informative read!
Very interesting and helpful to read if you come across this illness in history and have no clue what it is. Gives the basics, though I wish it had more explanations for definitions. That would have made it even easier to read.
Interesting historical information. A little too short, but that is the point of the "in a nutshell" part of the title, so it is not really a sticking point. It had the effect that I would like to read a more comprehensive treatise on this disease and its historical impact, though.
A good starting pointThis book does exactly what it sets out to do, it gives an overview of the sweating sickness and just enough information to help interested readers decide where to go next
Some interesting infoAnd some digression away from Sweating Sickness but if you are a Tudorphile, you'll enjoy this quick little book no matter where it wanders in its telling.
Pretty shortDecided to try this book but it's more like a short school paper than a bookA few theories offered but nothing in depth