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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1016: Supply and Consumption of Grain in the Northern Mediterranean: Languedoc and Italy, 12th-15th Centuries

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Lucie Laumonier, Department of History, University of Calgary
Moderator/Chair:Lucie Laumonier, Department of History, University of Calgary
Paper 1016-aFrom Cereals to Flour: Mills, Millers, and the Flour Supply in Medieval Montpellier
(Language: English)
Lucie Galano, Centre d'Études Médiévales de Montpellier, Université de Montpellier III - Paul Valéry
Index terms: Economics - Urban, Geography and Settlement Studies, Technology
Paper 1016-bGranum bonum: Grain and the State in Late Medieval Genoa
(Language: English)
John Manke, Department of History, University of Minnesota
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Economics - Urban, Political Thought
Paper 1016-cThe Multiplication of the Loaves: Bread Almsgiving and Charity in a Mediterranean City
(Language: English)
Lucie Laumonier, Department of History, University of Calgary
Index terms: Economics - Urban, Religious Life, Social History

The papers presented in this session focus on the supply and consumption of the primary source of food in the medieval diet - grain - in medieval Mediterranean cities. The safe production, transformation, and storage of grain were high-stakes issues for urban communities. John Manke will analyse the civil laws governing the sale of grain in Genoa. Lucie Galano will concentrate on the production of flour in the city of Montpellier, enabled by the mills located on the rivers banks of Lower Languedoc. Lucie Laumonier will explore the symbolic meanings of bread distribution by the urban government of Montpellier and its quotidian management.