100 Years' War: The Brigands Come Home
With the truce between England and France in full swing now, many of the English are returning home but without a job waiting for them, they turn to what they know best... robbing, pillaging and ransoming. The English Parliament has directed their justice department to gather information... "on all those who have been plunderers and robbers beyond the seas and are now returned to go wandering and will not work as they were used to do." This is a little unfair, though. Many of these so-called soldiers were robbers BEFORE they went to war so going back to work in what they "used to do" is exactly what they are doing. 
Black Death: Piers Plowman
William Langland of Malvern is a clergyman who has written a long complaint about the corruption of the establishment including his own clergy, lawyers, and the nibility. The Plague has returned to England and France. This new round of Plague is hitting men and children the hardest. Women seem to be in a panic, accepting any union simply to produce more children. Hopelessness made its down payment during the previous Plague over 12 years ago. Another payment has come due today and the people are in despair. Can anyone blame them?  
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- Tuchman, Barbara Wertheim. (Barbara Tuchman, bio). A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century. Ballantine, 1979. pp. 195-196. (BOOK) quote="The plunderers of France brought home the habit of brigandage."
- Homeland security chief apologizes to veterans groups - CNN.com. 2009-04-16 [last update] quote="I know that some veterans groups were offended by the fact that veterans were mentioned in this assessment, so I apologize for that offense. It was certainly not intended."
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- Tuchman, Barbara Wertheim. (Barbara Tuchman, bio). A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century. Ballantine, 1979. p. 104. (BOOK)
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