The Great Bovine Pestilence and its Economic and Environmental Consequences in England and Wales, 1318–50

  title={The Great Bovine Pestilence and its Economic and Environmental Consequences in England and Wales, 1318–50},
  author={Philip Slavin},
  journal={European Economics: Agriculture},
  • Philip Slavin
  • Published 1 November 2012
  • Geography
  • European Economics: Agriculture
The present article seeks to identify the nature, extent, and impact of the Great Bovine Pestilence in England and Wales, between 1318 and 1350. The murrain, which killed around 62 per cent of the bovine animals in England and Wales in 1319–20, had a tremendous impact within both the seigniorial and peasant sectors of late medieval agriculture. In particular, the pestilence, which decreased the overall population of dairy cattle, depressed the overall levels of milk supply available for human… 

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