Wales and the Great Famine of the early fourteenth century

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Abstract

The Great Famine of the early fourteenth century was experienced across northern Europe and generated social and economic disruption as well as significant numbers of deaths, perhaps 10 to 15 per cent of populations in some instances. There is though little or no contemporary comment on famine in Wales in this period and also only limited historical discussion to match. This paper examines the context in which famine could have operated in Wales in this period and also explores available insights into the impact of the Great Famine. The limited material suggests that the experience of Wales was generally akin to that of its neighbours.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-167
Number of pages25
JournalCylchgrawn Hanes Cymru | Welsh History Review
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2018

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