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A Time to Dance, a Time to Die


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John Waller is an historian of medicine at Michigan State University. Educated at theuniversities of Oxford and London, he is the author of several other books,including The Real Oliver Twist (Icon, 2005), The Discovery of the Germ (Icon, 2002) and Fabulous Science (OUP, 2002). He lives with his wife and daughter in Michigan.


'Waller's book should interest both historians and scientists, while the general reader will enjoy his colourful depictions of medieval life.' -- BBC Focus Magazine
'An interesting and enjoyable read, which is not merely of historical interest, but also helps to explain some modern-day psychological phenomena.' -- Common Reader
'A startling, chilling and utterly compelling account.' -- Good Book Guide
'A book to make you grateful for the historical increase in human sanity.' -- New Scientist
''A Time to Dance, A Time to Die' is a medically sound, historically accurate link to the late medieval zeitgeist.' -- Fortean Times
'Waller does a remarkable job of getting to the causes of the epidemic, looking at things from every angle.... Waller doesn't lay it on too thick, and brings the era alive to us.' -- Guardian
'A compelling 'whatdunnit'' -- Times
'Waller writes with a passion and flair which commands the reader's attention.' -- Times Literary Supplement
'History approaching its best... combines a gripping story with a historian's attention to detail and context.' -- Australian

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