The Great European Famine of 1315, 1316, and 1317

  title={The Great European Famine of 1315, 1316, and 1317},
  author={Henry Stephen Lucas},
  pages={343 - 377}
BY HENRY S. LUCAS F AMINE and pestilence swept over Europe so often during the Middle Ages and exacted so frightful a toll of human life that the phenomenon has come to be regarded as one of the most impressive features of the period. Of these catastrophes, the one in 1315, 1316, and 1317 which smote all lands from the Pyrenees to the plains of Russia and from Scotland to Italy is perhaps the most interesting simply because more references toit can be found than to any other mediaeval famine… 
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