Started Volume 2 of Thousand Years Weather, Wind and Water (1300 - 1450). Which (obviously) includes the 14th century, also known as the Horror Century, during which the population of Europe drastically dropped from an estimated 70-80 million in 1300 to a mere 50 million at the end of the century. Another 600 pages of history from a refreshingly different angle.Thousand Years Weather, Wind and Water part 1 (753 - 1300) by Jan Buisman. A history of 1000 years of weather, winters, storms, floods, famines and droughts in western Europe (but especially the Low Countries) assembled by studying and cross-referencing all known contemporary records, supported by scientific research from other fields of study.
It's not just a list of bad weather that was bad enough to get recorded in the annals by some monk, along with earthquakes, comets, eclipses and other strange phenomena in the skies. It is a history of the developing of the Low Countries and what the people had to endure, just from nature alone.
From ca. 1100 onward, there is nearly every year some 'news' to report from the past, about people killed by storms, lightning, floods, pestilences and famines, or cities burning (especially during dry summers).
This is an intriguing read. Not because of the list of privations (myself sitting in a warm and draft-free house, with a well-stocked fridge) but of what is known from those gone years.
They are only available in Dutch, as far as I know. Translating them (so far 7 volumes, 4K+ pages + notes and references...) would be a huge task. In the Netherlands these books cost ¸€50,00 apiece (thanks to subsidies), translated versions would probably be a lot more expensive.Are Buisman's books only available in Dutch? I just tried to find them on Amazon as they sounded interesting, but I only find what appear to be the Dutch versions.
I didn't know about 'Rage' - cheers.rage by Jonathan Maberry... Jonathan is always interesting but frankly his last books in the joe ledger series... someone please give the author a hope pill. he's getting bloody dark in his books. literally.
I knew what was going to happen on the end around 1/3 of the book. I think that when he beguin going to much to the supernatural side, that's when the series beguin to devolve. When it was science and guns it was funI didn't know about 'Rage' - cheers.
I've read the Joe Ledger stories, from Patient Zero all the way to Dead Silence