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FAMINE

Famine visited my ancestors repeatedly. First while they lived in Europe, and then again and again while they lived along the Volga River. Some of the famines were caused by the weather and population growth, but some were caused by Man. Who would cause a famine on purpose? 

Famines were familiar occurrences in Medieval Europe. But, any famine in Medieval Europe meant that people died of starvation on an unbelievable scale. Localized famines occurred in Europe during the 14th century in 1304, 1305, 1310, 1315-1317 (the Great Famine), 1330-1334, 1349-1351, 1358-1360, 1371, 1374-1375 and 1390. For most families there was usually never enough to eat with and life was day-to-day. With food refrigeration not yet developed, fresh food had to be acquired every day. Because of this, life was a relatively short and brutal struggle to survive to old age. Old age could be 30 years old. Official records of the British Royal family tell us that the average life expectancy in 1276 was about 35 years. Between 1301 and 1325 during the Great Famine it was almost 30 years. Even worse, during the Black Death (1348-1375) it plummeted to a little more than 17 years. The 1315 to 1317 Great Famine was limited to Northern Europe. This area extended from Russia in the east to Ireland in the west, from Scandinavia in the north and bounded in the south by the Alps and the Pyrenees.

For more on FAMINE see my first book 

ORIGINS & ANCESTORS FAMILY KARLE & KAISER OF THE GERMAN-RUSSIAN VOLGA COLONIES

Even more detailed information on FAMINE is in my third book

THE BAD & DOWNRIGHT UGLY OF THE GERMAN-RUSSIAN VOLGA COLONIES

 

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