The Third Horseman: A Story of Weather, War, and the Famine History Forgot
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: William Rosen
- Publish Date: 2015-04-28
The incredible true story of how a cycle of rain, cold, disease, and warfare created the worst famine in European historyâyears before the Black Death, from the author of Justinian's Flea and the forthcoming Miracle Cure
In May 1315, it started to rain. For the seven disastrous years that followed, Europeans would be visited by a series of curses unseen since the third book of Exodus: floods, ice, failures of crops and cattle, and epidemics not just of disease, but of pike, sword, and spear. All told, six million livesâone-eighth of Europeâs total populationâwould be lost.
With a category-defying knowledge of science and history, William Rosen tells the stunning story of the oft-overlooked Great Famine with wit and drama and demonstrates what it all means for todayâs discussions of climate change.