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Medevil FamineAgriculture during the medieval time was a very complex system Theweather played a major role in the harvest A week of unpleasant rain in Mayfollowed by an abnormal cold humid summer might have thrown off the summerharvest resulting in a shortfall of food Due to a surplus left over from theprevious harvest no one went hungry But after a couple of bad harvests thesurplus began to run out This happened in Europe in 1044 The Famine rearedits ugly head in part caused by years of unfavorable harvest and inadequatecrops but it was also complicated by a plague that seemed to thrive on humanstarvation By 1043 northwest Europe was in disruption Food prices which hadbeen high in 1042 remained high especially in Belgium No doubt the highprice of food was a result of the poor harvests from both the 1042 winter andsummer crops From Waverly in England and Angers in France to St Gall inSwitzerland and Gembloux in Belgium reports of famine disease and deathcirculated No relief came in the summer of 1043 In France and Germany therewere reports of a terribly wet and stormy summer An entry from Swabia aprovince in south-central Germany best summed up the situation The entiresummer almost changed to winter by winds and rains a great lack of grain andwine came about LeRoy 27 These rains must have been particularly harshThe wind and rain pounding away at the growing summer crop lowered not onlyyields but quality as well Almost all of the summer labors were adverselyeffected No doubt the rains barraged the grazing cattle as well If Emperor Henry III and his court had played ice hockey Decemberwould have been a glorious month indeed there was ice everywhere FromDecember in 1043 to March of 1044 the great ice froze northwestern EuropeThis spelled disaster for the medieval population it was the final disaster in aprocession of calamities For four months for all purposes the ground was toofrozen to plow for
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