Great Famine (1317)

This image was made somewhere between 1315 to 1317. That makes it over 700 years old! The story behind this art piece is very dark.

By William Chester Jordan.

From the Apocalypse in a Biblia Pauperum illuminated at Erfurt around the time of the Great Famine of 1315–1317. Death (“Mors”) sits astride a lion whose long tail ends in a ball of flame (Hell). Famine (“Fames”) points to her hungry mouth.

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The Great Famine was the first of many crises that occurred in Europe in the 14th century. This Famine caused millions of deaths. The period was marked by extreme levels of crime, disease, mass death, and even cannibalism and infanticide. Read more on Wikipedia.

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