Each turning point in history has behind it a story and a set of principal characters whose dilemmas and conflicts form its dramatic core, and whose unique personalities influenced the outcome of events. New facts, often from indigenous sources, have emerged to add to our understanding of these crucial events and these, together with the latest historical research and documented first hand accounts, bring each turning point vividly to life. Exclusive dramatizations carried out at the actual sites of the events, History’s Turning Points provides a fascinating and intriguing new perspective on the significant moments that have changed the world. The Black Death – 1347 AD When a plague-ridden ship landed in Venice in 1347, it was immediately put into quarantine … but no one could stop the rats from corning ashore. Within three years, a third of Western Europe’s population was dead. It was the greatest calamity in history.