For a long time we have been having a ball, economy wise - the medieval warm period, towns springing up all over the place, prices gently rising, population growing. So the Great Famine of 1315-1317 came as a terrible shock. Over 500-750,000 people died, as years of bad weather destroyed the feeling of economic well being. The question is whether or not this was a blip or part of a wider trend?Supposedly southern Europe wasn't hit as hard. So was it from too much rain or from a volcano causing local coldsnap?
If it was a local famine, then the king is rightly blamed for not arranging imports of food from other areas of Europe.