The Third Horseman: A Story of Weather, War, and the Famine History Forgot (Paperback)

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The incredible true story of how a cycle of rain, cold, disease, and warfare created the worst famine in European history--years 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 lives--one-eighth of Europe's total population--would 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 today's discussions of climate change.

About the Author


William Rosen, author of Miracle Cure, The Third Horseman, Justinian's Flea, and The Most Powerful Idea in the World, was an editor and a publisher at Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, and the Free Press for nearly twenty-five years.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143127147
ISBN-10: 0143127144
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: April 28th, 2015
Pages: 320
Language: English