IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 714: Perceiving and Managing Floods in the 14th Century

Tuesday 8 July 2008, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Interdisciplinary Centre for Medieval Studies, Universität Salzburg
Organiser:Christian Rohr, Fachbereich Geschichte, Universität Salzburg
Moderator/Chair:Christian Pfister, Historisches Institut, Universität Bern
Paper 714-aFloods in 14th-Century Hungary: The Evidence from Charters and Other Written Sources
(Language: English)
Andrea Kiss, Department of Physical Geography & Geoinformatics, University of Szeged
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Economics - General, Social History
Paper 714-bThe Disastrous Flood of November 1333 in Florence: Reconstruction, Perception, Reaction
(Language: English)
Gerrit Jasper Schenk, Historisches Institut, Universität Stuttgart
Index terms: Economics - Urban, Historiography - Medieval, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 714-cFloods and Famine: Perception, Management, and Long-Time Consequences of Floods in 14th-Century Austria
(Language: English)
Christian Rohr, Fachbereich Geschichte, Universität Salzburg
Index terms: Daily Life, Economics - General, Historiography - Medieval, Mentalities

People living along rivers in the Middle Ages had frequently been afflicted with floods. So, people had to build up a ‘culture of flood management’, when facing these floods. This session deals with specific perceptions and strategies of flood management in the first half of the 14th century. This period is commonly seen as an era of natural disasters: the flood of 1316 was the beginning of several years of famine in many parts of Europe, the reports by Giovanni Villani and others on the flood of 1333 in Tuscany give us a vivid insight in perceptions and interpretations of floods in general, and the floods of 1342 in Western and Central Europe are often seen as ‘millennium flood’. The papers cover Hungary, the Eastern Alpine regions, and Tuscany.