The middle of the 14th century is considered to have been a period of crisis throughout Europe. From 1347 to 1353 the bubonic plague, also known as the Black Death, killed up to 25 million people on the continent – one third of Europe’s population at the time. Entire areas were depopulated, cities lost the majority of their inhabitants and the economy collapsed because there was nobody to tend the fields, lease payments could not be made and the guilds lost many of their members. Historians from Trier University are researching the impact of this crisis on the history of Trier in the late Middle Ages. In reconstructing this decisive era, a document that at first glance seems insignificant plays a central role, namely the interest and loans register from 1347.
Academic Project Manager
Prof Dr Lukas Clemens
Overall Planning Teams
Gisela Graichen und Peter Prestel