- 2 years ago
The Middle ages was rough. The Feudal structure kept the average peasant in a permanent state of anxiety, rampant disease and famine threatened life on a regular basis and religious zealotry supported the idea that an uncontrollable outside force made the decisions of life and death. The Black death was coursing its way through the countryside, and crop blight kept most in a semi permanent state of starvation. Cults sprung up easily in this environment, as a broken traumatized populace looked for anything they can do to influence the fickle fates.
1374 was a particularly bad year. Heavy rains in the spring has led to rampant flooding along the Rhine, and the over wet season has led to poor grain production. Stores from the previous year has an increase in spoilage and the rye stores in particular were over run with an ergot spore infestation. People were still hungry, and had little understanding of microbiology anyway, so anything that could get saved from spoilage got et.