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  • Published: 27 May 2015
  • ISBN: 9780143127147
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $29.99
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The Third Horseman: A Story of Weather, War, and the Famine History Forgot


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With a category-defying knowledge of science and history, William Rosen, the acclaimed author of Justinian's Flea, 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.

How a cycle of rain, cold, disease, and warfare created the worst famine in European history—years before the black death.
 
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 books 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, the acclaimed author of Justinian's Flea, 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.

'[A] rich interweaving of agronomy, meteorology, economics, and history.' Nature
'Rosen is a terrific storyteller and engaging stylist . . . While vividly re-creating a bygone civilization, he invites us to look beyond our . . . differences and recognize that we too live in fragile equilibrium with the natural world.' The Daily Beast

'A work that glows from the author's relish for his subject.' Kirkus Reviews

  • Pub date: 27 May 2015
  • ISBN: 9780143127147
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $29.99
Categories:

About the Author

William Rosen

William Rosen was a senior executive at Macmillan and Simon & Schuster publishing houses for more than twenty-five years, working with authors including Bernard Lewis, Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Philip Craig and Tim Clayton, Marina Benjamin, and Robert Lacey. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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