The Great Famine
and the Black Death
The Great Famine of 1315â€“1317
was the first crisis that would strike Europe in the 14th century.
Millions in northern Europe would die over an extended number of years,
marking a clear end to the earlier period of growth and prosperity
during the 11th and 12th centuries. The famine of 1315â€“1316 may have killed more than 10% of England's population, or at least 500,000 people.