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The third horseman : climate change and the Great Famine of the 14th century

Author: William Rosen
Publisher: New York : Viking, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"How a seven-year cycle of rain, cold, disease, and warfare created the worst famine in European history ... In May 1315, it started to rain. It didn't stop anywhere in north Europe until August. Next came the four coldest winters in a millennium. Two separate animal epidemics killed nearly 80 percent of northern Europe's livestock. Wars between Scotland and England, France and Flanders, and two rival claimants to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Military history
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Rosen
ISBN: 9780670025893 0670025895
OCLC Number: 872557826
Description: 302 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: Eight Crowns in Boulogne, 1308 --
The Fury of the Northmen, 793-1066 --
Henceforth Be Earls, 1066-1298 --
Penalty for Their Betters, 1298-1307 --
Douglas's Larder, 1307-1312 --
Scots, Wha Hae, 1313-1315 --
The Floodgates of the Heavens, 1315-1316 --
A Dearness of Wheat, 1316-1317 --
She-Wolf of France, 1313-1320 --
The Dearest Beef I've Ever Seen, 1320-1322 --
The Mouse Tower of Bingen, 800-1323 --
Long Years of Havoc, 1323-1328 --
Epilogue: The Delicate Balance.
Responsibility: William Rosen.

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"How a seven-year cycle of rain, cold, disease, and warfare created the worst famine in European history ... In May 1315, it started to rain. It didn't stop anywhere in north Europe until August. Next came the four coldest winters in a millennium. Two separate animal epidemics killed nearly 80 percent of northern Europe's livestock. Wars between Scotland and England, France and Flanders, and two rival claimants to the Holy Roman Empire destroyed all remaining farmland. After seven years, the combination of lost harvests, warfare, and pestilence would claim six million lives--one eighth of Europe's total population. William Rosen draws on a wide array of disciplines, from military history to feudal law to agricultural economics and climatology, to trace the succession of traumas that caused the Great Famine. With dramatic appearances by Scotland's William Wallace, and the luckless Edward II and his treacherous Queen Isabella, history's best documented episode of catastrophic climate change comes alive, with powerful implications for future calamities"--
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The 'Winter is coming' refrain from HBO s 'Game of Thrones' fits this story of medieval Europe s great famine to a T. --New York Post "A kink in Europe s climate during the fourteenth century Read more...

 
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