This is a 16 slide, highly animated, power point presentation on The Middle Ages: The Great Famine of 1315-1317. All the slides are editable so you can modify the slides if you need to.
The Great Famine of 1315–1317 was the first of a series of large-scale crises that struck Europe early in the 14th century. Most of continental Europe from east to Russia south to Italy and Great Britain were affected. The famine caused millions of deaths over an extended number of years and marked a clear end to the period of growth and prosperity from the 11th to 13th centuries.
The Great Famine started with bad weather in spring 1315. Universal crop failures lasted through 1316 until the summer harvest in 1317, and Europe did not fully recover until 1322. After the famine, Europe took on a tougher and more violent edge; it had become an even less amicable place than during the 12th and 13th centuries.
This could be seen across all segments of society, perhaps the most striking in the way warfare was conducted in the 14th century during the Hundred Years' War, where chivalry was tossed aside, as opposed to the 12th and 13th centuries.
The famine also undermined confidence in Medieval governments, which failed to deal with its resulting crises. The Great Famine would later have consequences for future events in the 14th century, such as the Black Death when an already weakened population would be struck again.
The presentation covers the following:
Beginning of the Famine
Food and Population Growth
Poor Weather Conditions
Poverty and Hunger
Extent of the Famine (2)
Church is Blamed
End of Presentation
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