Hello, good people! Today is Throwback Thursday where we get to relive the past (not literally of course), and talk about how things used to be. What time period am I talking about today? The good old 14th century where the Hundred Years’ War devastated humanity, and the Black Plague that washed away a huge portion of the population.
I decided to write about this time period because I was listening to Cash Withdrawal (one of my favorite podcast shows), where they were contemplating war and hard times today and then began thinking of other hard times in history and figured, things right now really aren’t so bad when compared. There are obviously huge differences between now and any time in the past, even about 50 years ago, just because of changes in population and international relations, but we can all agree that first world countries have it very easy in present day compared to the 14th century.
The Hundred Years’ War started in 1337 and ended in 1453 between England and France during the Middle Ages for control over the better part of Western Europe. The war has been divided into three separate phases, but it still went on for over a hundred years where a lot of people died.
Towards the beginning of this war, during the years 1346 to 1353, a horrific mortal disease known as the Black Death also took over Europe. About 75-200 million (around 30-60%) people died. The population did not recover until the 17th century. It is thought that the plague came from the infestation of black rats that had traveled on merchant ships during trade.
It’s amazing to think of how life was many centuries ago and how technology and science has brought us to our current lifestyle. Imagine being born in Europe after the beginning of the Hundred Years’ War and living your entire life surrounded by death either by war or disease and then meeting your own death without ever actually enjoying life.
Were these events essential to the beginning of the first world lives we know now though? What are some other interesting facts or events going on during that time period?