A video to learn about the link between volcanic forcing of global climate and the English food crisis of 1258.

Students will learn and discuss topics in medieval economic history: the mega-eruption of the Samalas Volcano in Indonesia; its effects on global climate; the devastating consequences on weather, harvests, and food; and the resulting English food crisis in 1258.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What is the link between volcanic eruptions and global climate?
  2. What is the link between climate change and the English food crisis?

About the Tool

Tool Name Global climates, the 1257 mega-eruption of Samalas Volcano, Indonesia, and the 1258 English food crisis
Discipline Humanities
Topic(s) in Discipline Climate and History
Climate Topic Climate and the Anthroposphere; Climate and History
Type of Tool Video
Grade Level Undergraduate
Language English
Developed by Bruce Campbell (The Queen’s University of Belfast)
Hosted at Talk at Royal Historical Society
Link https://royalhistsoc.org/global-climates-campbell/
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic