IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 318: Water and Town in the Late Middle Ages

Monday 10 July 2006, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Universidad de Sevilla / Universidad de Valladolid
Organisers:Hipolito Rafael Oliva Herrer, Departamento de Historia Medieval, Universidad de Sevilla
Maria Isabel del Val Valdivieso, Departamento de Historia Antigua y Medieval, Universidad de Valladolid
Moderator/Chair:Ben Dodds, Department of History, Durham University
Paper 318-aL'eau et la ville: le cas de la vallée mosane au bas moyen âge
(Language: Français)
Marc Suttor, Faculté Histoire-Géographie, Université d'Artois
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Economics - Urban, Social History
Paper 318-bWater and Town in Northern Castile in the Late Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Hipolito Rafael Oliva Herrer, Departamento de Historia Medieval, Universidad de Sevilla
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Economics - Urban, Social History
Paper 318-cL' approvisionnement en eau dans les villes castillanes au bas Moyen Âge
(Language: Français)
Maria Isabel del Val Valdivieso, Departamento de Historia Antigua y Medieval, Universidad de Valladolid
Abstract

The problem of water was an essential feature of any late medieval town. Apart from the obvious but unavoidable question of human consumption, water was related to the main lines that structure medieval urban society, such us production, sociability, and social distinction. As a result, water was a dynamysing factor of urban society, and a continual source of urban conflicts. Local councils, which developed active water politics in order to acquire legitimacy, regulated most of these questions. The aim of this session is to make a comparative analysis of the politics of water, with reference to the Flemish and Castilian urban societies of the Late Middle Ages.