This phase of growth came to a stop with the Black Death beginning in 1347. Population declined, as well as agricultural and industrial production. The Near East suffered from impoverishment during the second half of the fifteenth century, according to Ashtor. Grain prices fell because of declining demand. Compared to the previous century, standards of living were reduced for the great majority.
A 24-page lecture from 1915 about a little known burglary of King Edward I’s treasure room in 1303. There remains some mystery of who did it, this real-life story has drama, interesting characters, scandal, cover-up, and provides a sense and feel of the times from a ground-up perspective. Includes a hand-drawn map and two relevant manuscript pages.