Doomsday Book

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Connie Willis: Doomsday Book (1993, Bantam Books)

578 pages

English language

Published Nov. 10, 1993 by Bantam Books.

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Somewhere in the future, ordinary history students must travel back in time as part of their university degree. An award-winning best-seller in the United States, this is the first of Connie Willis' brilliant Oxford trilogy.Kivrin knows everything about the Middle Ages - she's read all the books. She knows it's dangerous: cutthroats in the woods, witch hunts, cholera, and millions dying in the plague. For a young historian, it's fascinating.When Kivrin's tutors in Oxford's history lab finally agree to send her on an on-site study trip, she jumps at the chance to observe medieval life first-hand. But a crisis that strangely links the past and future leaves her stranded in the most deadly and terrifying era in human history, face to face with the heart-rending reality behind the statistics. And while she fights for her own life, Kivrin finds she has become an unlikely angel of hope in this dark …

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  • Middle Ages -- Fiction
  • Black death -- Fiction
  • Time travel -- Fiction
  • Europe -- History -- 476-1492 -- History


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