IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 1314: Documenting Climate Variability and its Effect on Late Medieval Europe

Wednesday 9 July 2008, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Dolores Jørgensen, University of Virginia / Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, Trondheim
Moderator/Chair:Dolores Jørgensen, University of Virginia / Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, Trondheim
Paper 1314-aClimatic Variations and Impacts in Western and Central Europe, 1270-1400
(Language: English)
Christian Pfister, Historisches Institut, Universität Bern
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Daily Life, Economics - General
Paper 1314-bThe Beginning of the Grain Harvest in Norfolk c.1270-1430
(Language: English)
Kathleen Pribyl, Historisches Institut, Universität Bern
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Daily Life, Economics - General
Paper 1314-cClimatic Variations in the Low Countries during the 15th Century and their Impact on Economy and Society
(Language: English)
Chantal Camenisch, Historisches Institut, Universität Bern
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Daily Life, Economics - General
Abstract

The researchers in this session are part of the EU project Millennium, which is reconstructing Europe’s climate for the last one thousand years. Because instrumental records do not exist for the Middle Ages, the project uses proxy sources, including both documentary and natural archives. The documentary sources relate climatic conditions to the lived experience of people providing a window into the social, economic, and human consequences of climatic changes. The session discusses the source material for climatic variations, including chronicles and manorial records, and proposes some specific reconstructions of climatic conditions in England and the Low Countries in the period.