In the year 1348, the Black Plague is sweeping through Europe, killing without mercy or discrimination. No one knew what caused it or how to stop it, only that it spread like wildfire and led to devastating and inevitable death. In a world dominated by religion, it must have seemed the judgment of an angry God or the work of demons. Such is the belief of the monks and fighting men in Black Death, a solid if not particularly remarkable B-movie potboiler.
Young monk Osmund jumps at the opportunity to join a group of mercenaries in search of a nearly mythical village that reports say is totally free from the plague – he’s experiencing a crisis of faith due both to the plague and his romantic attachment to a young woman, and being holed up in the monastery doesn’t seem to be helping him. But the search for the village takes on a religious significance as well, as the question arises whether it’s immune because it has been blessed by God, or because it has denounced God and given itself over to demons. Group leader Ulrich (played by the ever-reliable Sean Bean) ascribes to the second theory, believing that the village harbors a necromancer whose death would end the plague.
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