100 Year's War: Part 2, A Fabian WarWe begin another 20 years of war between England and France with the Caroline War ("Caroline" referring to the Latin 'Carolus' meaning Charles). King Charles the Wise of France has issued a summons to Edward, the Black Prince, to present himself before the King in Paris. The Black Prince sees this as a thin excuse to restart the war which it certainly was. This will be a war of attrition. King Charles will use the Fabian strategy of avoiding direct engagement. The Black Prince and later his brother, John of Gaunt, will counter the French tactic with a hit-and-run strategy called Chevauchée (pronounced: shey-voh-shey) or horse charge. It uses raiding parties to punish the enemy and force him into battle by humiliating him.
(FYI: this is also the year when the French begin building the Bastille in Paris. Currently it will be a fort to defend eastern Paris but years later it will be converted into the infamous prison).    
A Pestilence and Famine
Famine is a part of life in the Middle Ages but after the devastation of the Black Death, Norwich, England has become especially vulnerable. Heavy rains have caused crop damage and while the farmer's market continues to function, many of the stalls are empty and will remain so for years to come. With a current population of 20,000, the famine has caused St Peter Mancroft's cemetery to be expanded. By 1377, the population of Norwich will be reduced to less than 6,000.   
This Year on Wikipedia
Year 1369, Wikipedia.
- Grun, Bernard. The Timetables of History: A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events. New York: Simon and Schuster. 1991. pp. 194-195. (BOOK) quote="Building of the Bastille, Paris"
- Hundred Years' War (1369-89) - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
- Fabian strategy - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
- Chevauchée - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
- Virginia Ironside on child suffering (Fabian society). YouTube.com. (VIDEO) Note: This video seems to be taken down regularly on YouTube so do a search on the YouTube site for the latest upload of this shockingly matter-of-fact argument for smothering handicapped babies in their beds.
- Farr, William. The Influence of Scarcities and of the High Prices of Wheat on the Mortality of the People of England. Journal of the Statistical Society of London , Vol. 9, No. 2 (Jun., 1846), Royal Statistical Society. p. 162. (JOURNAL)
- Norwich Market - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
- Great Famine of 1315-1317 - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]