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The Great Famine


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The Great Famine

  1. 1. The Great Famine<br />
  2. 2. Widespread food shortage<br />Occurred throughout Europe<br />Lasted from 1315-1317, although Europe did not fully recover until 1325<br />Caused by incessant and harsh rain starting during the spring of 1315<br />The weather pattern did not return to normal until the summer of 1317<br />What was the Great Famine ?<br />
  3. 3. How did the Great<br />Famine effect crops?<br />Made it impossible to plow the fields ready for cultivation<br />Rotted the seed grain<br />The animal’s straw and hay couldn’t be preserved<br />Harvest was much smaller than usual<br />
  4. 4. How did the people provide<br />themselves with food?<br />People harvested wild edible fruits, plants, grasses, nuts, and bark found in the forest<br />Slaughtered draft animals<br />Ate seed grain<br />Abandoned children<br />Many elderly voluntarily starved themselves so that younger family members would survive <br />Connection to Hansel & Gretel<br />
  5. 5. What consequences did<br />the Great Famine cause?<br />Damaged the Church’s authority (no amount of prayer stopped the effects of the Great Famine)<br />Increase in criminal activity (rape, murder, and cannibalism)<br />Damaged the authority/power of the Medieval governments<br />Stopped the population growth<br />Made future events, such as the Black Death, more harmful<br />Medieval Church music<br />
  6. 6. What fatalities did the<br />Great Famine cause?<br />It is estimated that 10%-25% of the population of many cities and towns died<br />People were weakened by diseases such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and tuberculosis<br />
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