If you think this is a bad time to live in, due to the coronavirus pandemic, economic recession, and war between Ukraine and Russia, think again…because in the past there were Moments when humanity narrowly escaped. And no, we are not talking about the two world wars.
Surely the worst time to live was when the bubonic plague pandemic hit Western Eurasia and North Africa from 1347 to 1351. It is estimated that the disease has claimed at least 25 million lives in Europe, about half of the continent’s population (and these are only the lowest estimates!).
Unfortunately, it didn’t end there. The Black Death was not the only plague of the period. Before this, in fact, came Europe It was hit by a great flood and the great famine of 1315-1317. According to some sources, it rained almost constantly throughout the summer and autumn from 1314 to 1316; An event that created a bleak, damp environment and caused crops to rot in the ground, resulting in massive food shortages.
In 1316 people were killing each other for food, Parents abandoned their children, ate pets, and there were also many cases of cannibalism. Again, the losses ranged from 5 to 12 percent of the population of northern Europe. Numerous wars were also waged amidst this turmoil, the most famous being the Hundred Years’ War between the kingdoms of England and France from 1337 to 1453 (in which between 2.3 and 3.3 million people were killed).