7. Famine, 1590

Famine, 1590

A City Under Siege

The Siege of Paris in 1590 uncovers harrowing details of a city populace when pushed beyond starvation.

With the Catholic League not willing to surrender the throne of recently assassinated Henry III to a Protestant Henry of Navarre, Henry IV takes it upon himself to siege Paris under Protestant rule. What becomes of the city's inhabitants due to the conditions of famine reveal more about human nature than the battles themselves.

Weeds, bones, companions, and even one’s own family … are of no consequence to the jaws of hunger.