IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 604: Environment and Society in Rouen during the High and Late Middle Ages

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Groupe de Recherche d’Histoire (GRHis), Université de Rouen
Organiser:Chantal Camenisch, Historisches Institut, Universität Bern
Moderator/Chair:Chantal Camenisch, Historisches Institut, Universität Bern
Paper 604-aCoping with Extreme Weather Conditions: Strategies of the City Government of Rouen during the Late Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Chantal Camenisch, Historisches Institut, Universität Bern
Chantal Camenisch, Historisches Institut, Universität Bern
Index terms: Economics - Urban, Local History, Social History
Paper 604-bReligious Communities in the Face of Natural Disasters: Responses and Adaptation, 10th-15th Centuries
(Language: English)
Lise Levieux, Groupe de Recherche Histoire, Université de Rouen Normandie
Lise Levieux, Groupe de Recherche Histoire, Université de Rouen Normandie
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Local History, Religious Life
Paper 604-cThe Little Schools in Rouen at the End of the 15th and the First Half of the 16th Century
(Language: English)
Alexandra Amiot, Groupe de Recherche Histoire, Université de Rouen Normandie
Alexandra Amiot, Groupe de Recherche Histoire, Université de Rouen Normandie
Index terms: Local History, Social History, Teaching the Middle Ages
Abstract

Rouen on the river Seine was a large, wealthy and mighty city during the Middle Ages. Regarded as capital of Normandy, Rouen was a centre of trade and the seed of an archbishop. The city’s changing history includes sieges, revolts and economic prosperity as well as crises. This session focusses on some aspects of the environmental and social history of Rouen by examining city authorities, religious communities and schools. Extreme weather conditions repeatedly caused damages to infrastructure or led to death. For this reason, the city council had to cope with such hazards. Within the city walls, Rouen hosted more than 30 parishes and numerous religious communities, which had to adapt to natural disasters. Moreover, an elaborated system of schools allowed even poor children to enjoy education in Rouen.