posted on Dec, 8 2011 @ 12:48 AM
A bit of a spark went off in my mind the other night as I was thinking about numerology. I decided to randomly do a search and see what happened
666 years before 2012, which takes us to the year 1346. What lead me to this actually came about when looking at the 'death' of Osama Bin Laden
that was announced this year. His death was announced on May 1st, which is also known as the Pagan holiday called the Holiday of Beltane. I suggest
some of you do some research on that holiday and it's rituals if you wish to learn more. Precisely 66 years prior on that same date of May the 1st,
the death of Hitler was announced. That is nothing new for many ATSer's. Anyway, not to digress, I'm just using this as one example of numerology
being used in a similar fashion and what inspired me to search this date.
On to the main topic...
The year 1346 had a lot of things happen. The first thing I found is what grabbed my attention; one of the most desolating plagues in our history
struck...the Black Plague
In the year 1346, one of the most desolating plagues recorded in history, commenced its ravages in China, and swept over all Asia and nearly all
Europe. The disease is recorded in the ancient annals under the name of Black Death. Thirteen millions of the population were, in the course of a few
months, swept into the grave. Entire cities were depopulated, and the dead by thousands lay unburied. The pestilence swept with terrible fury the
encampments of the Tartars, and weakened that despotic power beyond all recovery. But one third of the population of the principalities of Pskof and
of Novgorod were left living. At London fifty thousand were interred in a single cemetery. The disease commenced with swellings on the fleshy parts of
the body, a violent spitting of blood ensued, which was followed by death the second or third day.
It is impossible, according to the ancient annalists, to imagine a spectacle so terrible. Young and old, fathers and children, were buried in the same
grave. Entire families disappeared in a day. Each curate found, every morning, thirty dead bodies, often more, in his church. Greedy men at first
offered their services to the dying, hoping to obtain their estates, but when it was found that the disease was communicated by touch, even the most
wealthy could obtain no aid. The son fled from the father. The brother avoided the brother. Still there were not a few examples of the most generous
and self-sacrificing devotion. Medical skill was of no avail whatever, and the churches were thronged with the multitudes who, in the midst of the
dying and the dead, were crying to God for aid. Multitudes in their terror bequeathed all their property to the church, and sought refuge in the
monasteries. It truth, it appeared as if Heaven had pronounced the sentence of immediate death upon the whole human family.
It gets more interesting...
The Black Death had a huge impact on society. Fields went unploughed as the men who usually did this were victims of the disease. Harvests would
not have been brought in as the manpower did not exist. Animals would have been lost as the people in a village would not have been around to tend
Therefore whole villages would have faced starvation. Towns and cities would have faced food shortages as the villages that surrounded them could not
provide them with enough food. Those lords who lost their manpower to the disease, turned to sheep farming as this required less people to work on the
land. Grain farming became less popular – this, again, kept towns and cities short of such basics as bread. One consequence of the Black Death was
inflation – the price of food went up creating more hardship for the poor. In some parts of England, food prices went up by four times.
How did peasants respond?
Those who survived the Black Death believed that there was something special about them – almost as if God had protected them. Therefore, they took
the opportunity offered by the disease to improve their lifestyle.
Feudal law stated that peasants could only leave their village if they had their lord’s permission. Now many lords were short of desperately needed
labour for the land that they owned. After the Black Death, lords actively encouraged peasants to leave the village where they lived to come to work
for them. When peasants did this, the lord refused to return them to their original village.
Peasants could demand higher wages as they knew that a lord was desperate to get in his harvest.
So the government faced the prospect of peasants leaving their villages to find a better ‘deal’ from a lord thus upsetting the whole idea of the
Feudal System which had been introduced to tie peasants to the land. Ironically, this movement by the peasants was encouraged by the lords who were
meant to benefit from the Feudal System.
To curb peasants roaming around the countryside looking for better pay, the government introduced the Statute of Labourers in 1351 that stated:
No peasants could be paid more than the wages paid in 1346. No lord or master should offer more wages than paid in 1346. No peasants could
leave the village they belonged to.
Though some peasants decided to ignore the statute, many knew that disobedience would lead to serious punishment. This created great anger amongst the
peasants which was to boil over in 1381 with the Peasants Revolt. Hence, it can be argued that the Black Death was to lead to the Peasants
Many modern scholars believe the Black Plague was the result of a biological attack. Yet, the exact causation and origin of the disease remains
The Black Plague as well as the violation of human rights was not the only major event that occurred. 1346 also marked one of the most
important battles in the Hundred Year War called The Battle of Crecy, when King Edward III invaded France. The actual starting point of the Hundred
Year War can be marked as beginning in 1337, 9 years prior to 1346. Looking at 9 years prior to 2012, that brings us to 2003, the year we invaded
Iraq and began the wars in the Middle East, which seems to be never ending wars.
A character known as the Black Prince, was known to have played a prominent role in this battle. He was Edward the IV, eldest son of King Edward
III. It is said he got the title the Black Prince because of the dark armor he wore to battle(dark knight/prince of darkness??). It seems the war
started due to greed(big surprise) and elites wanting control and power over assets.
Its basic cause was a dynastic quarrel that originated when the conquest of England by William of Normandy created a state lying on both sides of
the English Channel. In the 14th cent. the English kings held the duchy of Guienne in France; they resented paying homage to the French kings, and
they feared the increasing control exerted by the French crown over its great feudal vassals. The immediate causes of the Hundred Years War were the
dissatisfaction of Edward III of England with the nonfulfillment by Philip VI of France of his pledges to restore a part of Guienne taken by Charles
IV; the English attempts to control Flanders, an important market for English wool and a source of cloth; and Philip's support of Scotland against
Read more: Hundred Years War: Causes — Infoplease.com www.infoplease.com...