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St. James’ Sunday Study Group Lectures
June 14 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
The Great Plague
Lecture # 34
June 14, 2020 11:45 am. To 1:00 pm.
The self-confident ventures of the High Middle Ages—the Crusades, cathedrals, and universities—were followed by a period of calamity in the 14 century that had negative effects on the church and society. The first devastating event of this century was the great famine of 1315– 1317, brought on by a general shift from a moderate to a older climate. A mere nine years later, the plague hit, killing about half of the population worldwide. This was followed by manmade disasters, including a series of wars between Christian kings and their vassals. The obvious effect of these disasters was to induce an even sharper sense of mortality and fear within the population—and a desperate search for causes.