Black Death, The

John Hatcher's account of how the people of a typical English village lived and died in the worst epidemic in history.

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01*20080609John Hatcher's account of how the people of a typical English village lived and died in the worst epidemic in history.Rumours abound in the Suffolk village of Walsham that a terrible pestilence has devastated the lands at the edge of the known world.|Read by Robert Glenister
02*200806102/5.|As the people of Walsham realise the plague is fast approaching the shores of England, they embark on a pilgrimage to the holy shrine of Walsingham.|They hope to entreat the Virgin Mary to stay the hand of God.|Read by Robert Glenister
03*20080611John Chapman is among the first to be struck down by the pestilence.|His wife Agnes nurses him as death begins to stalk the village.|Read by Robert Glenister
04*200806124/5.|By the last week of April 1349, the bells of Walsham ring unceasingly for each new soul that falls foul of the ravaging plague.|Normal life for all the villagers has fallen apart.|Read by Robert Glenister
05 LAST*20080613As the plague recedes, it becomes clear that life in rural England will never be the same again.