Feb. 2, 1046: English monks record the onset of a cold snap so harsh that “no man then alive could remember so severe a winter as this was, both through loss of men and through loss of cattle; yea, fowls and fishes through much cold and hunger perished.”
“Little do they realize that they are chronicling what might have signaled the beginning of a centuries-long cooling period now referred to as the Little Ice Age,” says this article on wired.com.
“The monks set down their observations in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, a loose collection of historical records kept in monasteries across England between the eighth and 12th centuries.
And in the same year, after Candlemas, came the strong winter, with frost and with snow, and with all kinds of bad weather.”
A loss of cattle, fowls and fishes, and perishing of hunger … that might bring on some fighting in the streets for food.
Thanks to Phillip for this link