IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1610: Water and Health: Religious, Social, and Environmental Perspectives, II

Thursday 6 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Elma Brenner, Wellcome Library, London
Moderator/Chair:Carole Rawcliffe, School of History, University of East Anglia
Paper 1610-aWater Sources and Public Health in the Towns and Cities of Late Medieval Normandy
(Language: English)
Elma Brenner, Wellcome Library, London
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Daily Life, Medicine, Social History
Paper 1610-bUrban Regulations from Late Medieval Southern Germany and Switzerland to Keep the Water of the Rivers Clean: A Battlefield of Different Interests?
(Language: English)
Christian Rohr, Abteilung für Wirtschafts-, Sozial- und Umweltgeschichte, Universität Bern
Index terms: Daily Life, Economics - Urban, Social History
Paper 1610-cThe Virgin Mary's Tears in Henry of Lancaster's Le Livre de Seyntz Medicines: Materia Medica in Anglo-Norman and French Penitential Writings
(Language: English)
Patrick Outhwaite, Department of English, McGill University, Québec
Index terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Language and Literature - Other, Lay Piety, Medicine

This session follows on from the first session on water and health by further probing the practical and spiritual importance of water in the later Middle Ages. Water was a central issue in the public health considerations of urban authorities, and municipal interventions regarding water supplies demonstrate how local governments endeavoured to police and control the environment. At the same time, water was imbued with much allegorical significance in texts that dealt with the health of both bodies and souls. In all these contexts the purity or cleanliness of water was essential, ensuring that it was health-giving and not a source of ill health.