No Pay. No Way.
German mercenaries have been paid by the Venetians to break up the siege at the Castle Montecchio near Tuscany, Italy but as the Germans come over the horizon, the forces of Verona surrounding the castle, high-tail it and run, abandoning their camp and all of their supplies. The Germans break the siege without a fight, but since they didn't draw a sword, the Council of Venice has refused to pay them. NO FIGHT. NO PAY. So the Germans go on strike. No pay. No way. For the next few weeks if any Veronan force attacked the Venetians, the Germans refused to engage them. The German mercenaries finally agree to arbitration and resume the fight but in the meantime, the Veronans have had the opportunity to bring in the harvest, replenish their stores, and regroup. 
A Grave Plague
Grave stones of Nestorian Christians found near Lake Issyk Kul in Kyrgizstan have inscriptions referring to plague in 1338. The Plague will move into northern India, Kurdistan eventually reaching Constantinople nine years later. The Plague is moving slowly but steadily. Since Issyk Kul is a major hub along the Silk Road, this suggests that the Plague followed the Silk Road until it reached Constantinople and spread quickly from there. Other scholars suggest that the Plague followed the Mongol armies and jumped to Genoan ships when they escaped the Mongol invasion. Ghost ships will be reported as grounding themselves on the coast of Norway. The coastal residents, sensing a commercial opportunity, will board the ships and offload a cargo of death. But that is all in the future. For now, it's a beautiful day on the Black Sea.     
This Year on Wikipedia
Year 1338, Wikipedia.
- Hindley, Geoffrey. Medieval Siege and Siegecraft, New York: Skyhorse Publishing, 2009. pp. 148-149. (BOOK)
- Black Death in Asia: Bubonic Plague, Kallie Szczepanski, About.com.
- Black Death - Wikipedia, en.wikipedia.org, 2014 [last update]
- Map:Repubblica di Genova - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update] (PNG Image)
- Kyrgyzstan - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
- Nestorian Christianity - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
- Orent, Wendy (Wendy Orent, bio). Plague: The Mysterious Past and Terrifying Future of the World's Most Dangerous Disease, Free Press. 2004-May-4. (BOOK)
- Power, Eileen Edna. (M.A., D.Lit.) Medieval People. Methuen: Barnes & Noble. 1963. p. 111. (BOOK) quote: "The chief impression left, however, is that the medieval housewife was engaged in a constant warfare against fleas."