1816: a year without summer

Two centuries ago, Britons had to endure biting cold and driving rain from April to August. They blamed everyone from Napoleon to Benjamin Franklin for the filthy weather but, says Robert Hume, the real culprit was far more remote...

An illustration showing a house and a woman with an umbrella

This article was first published in the August 2016 issue of BBC History Magazine 

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