In today's Claire Chats video, I look at the primary sources for the great drought of 1540, the same summer that Henry VIII married Catherine Howard and executed Thomas Cromwell.
Sources and further reading
- "The year-long unprecedented European heat and drought of 1540 – a worst case", Oliver Wetter, Christian Pfister, Johannes P. Werner et al, in "Climatic Change", August 2014, Volume 125, Issue 3–4, pp 349–363. See https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10584-014-1184-2
- "An underestimated record breaking event – why summer 1540 was likely warmer than 2003", O. Wetter and C. Pfister, Climate of the Past, January 2013, http://www.clim-past.net/9/41/2013/cp-9-41-2013.pdf
- "6 of the most catastrophic weather events in British history", Patrick Nobbs on the History Extra website, June 2015 - see http://www.historyextra.com/article/medieval/6-most-catastrophic-weather-events-british-history
- Historical Disaster Experiences: Towards a Comparative and Transcultural History of Disasters Across Asia and Europe, ed. Schenk, Gerrit Jasper.
- "Did European temperatures in 1540 exceed present-day records?", Rene Orth, Martha M Vogel, Jürg Luterbacher et al, IOP Science - see http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/11/11/114021/pdf
- The August 1540 account in Edward Hall's chronicle can be found at http://www.archive.org/stream/hallschronicleco00halluoft#page/n849/mode/2up
- Charles Wriothesley's account in his chronicle can be found at https://archive.org/stream/chronicleengland00wriouoft#page/122/mode/2up
- John Stowe's account can be read at https://archive.org/stream/annalsofenglandt00stow#page/n1001/mode/2up