books on the black plague

World History Books on the Black Plague & the Great Fire of London, John Bunyan & the Pilgrim’s Progress, Scottish Protestants, the Huguenots

There are several great books on the Black Plague that are appropriate for the younger reader. One of our favorites is Master Cornhill. A true adventure story, this book features both the Great Plague and the Great Fire of London in 1666. For the older student, A Parcel of Patterns illustrates the complexity and tragedy of the plague like nothing else.

Our favorite pick for The Pilgrim’s Progress is definitely Dangerous Journey because of its great illustrations. Lastly, two books are offered during this time period for their Reformation themes, Duncan’s War on the Scottish Protestants, and Huguenot Garden.

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The Door in the Wall

Master Cornhill by Eloise Jarvis McGraw. Puffin Books, 1973. UE-JH+
An 11-year-old boy returns to London after the Great Plague to an empty house. Alone in the world, he must start a new life for himself. The story also includes the Great Fire of 1666. Recommended.

The Ocean of Truth : The Story of Sir Isaac Newton by Joyce McPherson
(Isaac Newton)

A Parcel of Patterns by Jill Paton Walsh. Farrar.Straus.Giroux, 1983. JH-HS
The words have a Middle English flavor, with the story based on actual events in an English village in 1665 and 1666. Read in awe of the scope of devastation that the Plague brought on real people. Somber and enlightening. Recommended. (Click here for pictures of Eyam, England, the setting of this story.)

Traitor in the Tower (Trailblazer Books) by Dave & Neta Jackson. E-JH
Christian historical fiction based on the first imprisonment of John Bunyan. (See below for more books on John Bunyan and Pilgrim’s Progress)


Dangerous Journey: The Story of Pilgrim’s Progress by Oliver Hunkin, illus. Alan Parry. E-HS
Fabulous illustrations give life and relay the meaning of John Bunyan’s story, retold for all ages.

Duncan’s War (Crown and Covenant, Bk. 1.) by Douglas Bond, Illus. Matthew Bird. Presbyterian & Reformed Press. UE+
A boy’s adventures during the Scottish Protestants’ fight against England for religious freedom. The sequel is King’s Arrow.

John Bunyan: The Tinker of Bedford by William Deal. -UE
The story of the man who wrote The Pilgrim’s Progress.

Little Pilgrim’s Progress by Helen L. Taylor, illus. W. Lindsay Cable. Moody Press. E-UE
Although the illustrations are limited, John Bunyan’s famous story retold here is easier to read and understand for the younger child.

Pictorial Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan. Moody Bible Institute, 1960. UE+
Excerpts are illustrated with black & white line drawings to portray the heart of the story.


Huguenot Garden by Douglas M. Jones III UE+
Based on the Huguenot city of La Rochelle, France, the story depicts daily life of twins in a Protestant family in the late 1600’s.

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