The Junior Research Group “The Dantean Anomaly 1309-21” started in March 2017,  working as a team from October 2017 onwards. It is generously funded by a Freigeist Fellowship of the Volkswagen Foundation and hosted at the Leibniz-Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO) in Leipzig.

The JRG aims to research a period of rapid climate change at the beginning of the 14th century, roughly coinciding with the last years of Dante Alighieri (d. 1321), focussing on written sources and working from a historical perspective. More on the general approach of the JRG here.

The division in three projects on Northern/Central Italy, Central Europe east of the Rhine and the French regions Bresse/Savoy provides a comparative perspective on a potentially hemispherical phenomenon.

This blog aims, at the one hand, to present the work of the Dantean Anomaly Junior Research Group. We plan to discuss our recent research, methodology, tools, etc. and keep you updated on our current activities.

On the other hand, the blog shall provide a platform for the whole community of researchers in the field of medieval climate history. See our invitation for contributions.