IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 528: The 14th-Century Crisis in Southern Europe: Castile, Portugal, and the South of France

Tuesday 2 July 2013, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:School of History, University of Leeds
Organiser:Iona McCleery, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Irina Metzler, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research (MEMO), Swansea University / Projekt 'Homo Debilis', Universit├Ąt Bremen
Paper 528-aTimes of Crisis: Urban Vulnerabilities in Languedoc, 14th and 15th Centuries
(Language: English)
Lucie Laumonier, Department of History, Concordia University
Index terms: Daily Life, Economics - Urban, Language and Literature - French or Occitan
Paper 528-bLate Medieval Crisis in the Kingdom of Portugal: Causes and Consequences
(Language: English)
Iona McCleery, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Index terms: Daily Life, Language and Literature - Spanish or Portuguese, Medicine
Paper 528-cThe Castilian 14th-Century Crisis Revisited
(Language: English)
Hipolito Rafael Oliva Herrer, Departamento de Historia Medieval, Universidad de Sevilla
Index terms: Daily Life, Demography, Economics - General, Language and Literature - Spanish or Portuguese

This session will bring together a wide range of sources and approaches to consider the extent and effects of the crisis of the long 14th century. Most research on the effects of war, plague, and famine focuses on northern Europe, especially England and the Low Countries. Yet there has been some important scholarship on this theme published recently for the Iberian kingdoms, especially Castile and Aragon, and there is a great need to integrate other parts of the Iberian Peninsula and closely-linked regions such as the south of France into the debate. The session will investigate whether there was a crisis, why there might have been one, and what were the social and political consequences for the regions under scrutiny. The concept of a ‘crisis’ will be discussed and there will be important comparison with other parts of Europe.