Author: Martin Bauch

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Charging locusts? A 14th Century Seal from Lower Austria

In 1338 an enormous locust swarm from Hungary moved up the Danube to Austria and Southern Germany. In his autobiography (Vita Caroli Quarti), Emperor Charles IV provided the most famous description of the swarm, as it crossed his path in Lower Austria end of July 1338.[1] He recounted that the thunderously loud swarm stretched over seven miles and that its density completely shrouded the sun. Parts of the swarm...