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Description - The Great Famine by William Chester Jordan

The horrors of the Great Famine (1315-1322), one of the severest catastrophes ever to strike northern Europe, lived on for centuries in the minds of Europeans who recalled tales of widespread hunger, class warfare, epidemic disease, frighteningly high mortality, and unspeakable crimes. This work offers a perspective of what daily life was actually like throughout the entire region devastated by this crisis and also looks at its causes. It is a comprehensive enquiry into the Famine from Ireland to West Poland, from Scandinavia to central France and western Germany. The author produces a cultural history of medieval community life, drawing his evidence from such sources as metereological and agricultural records, accounts kept by monastaries providing for the needy, and documentation of military campaigns.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691058917
ISBN-10: 0691058911
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 328
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 15-Dec-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - William Chester Jordan

William Chester Jordan is Professor of History and Director of the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University. Among his books are Louis IX and the Challenge of the Crusade: A Study in Rulership (Princeton), Women and Credit in Pre-Industrial and Develpoing Societies, and The French Monarchy and the Jews from Philip Augustus to the Last Capetians. He is the editor-in-chief of The Middle Ages: An Encyclopedia for Students.

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