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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1518: Rivers in the Middle Ages: Borders, Highways, and Networks

Thursday 9 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:Daniel Brown, Historisches Institut, Universität zu Köln
Stefanie Schild, Independent Scholar, Hilden
Moderator/Chair:Katherine Weikert, Department of Archaeology / Department of History, University of Winchester
Paper 1518-aHenry IV and the Rivers
(Language: English)
Constantin Cless, Department of History Yale University
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1518-bThe Castle over the River: Articulation of Territory, River Valleys, and Castles in the North-West of the Iberian Peninsula, 9th-12th Centuries
(Language: English)
Daniel Justo Sánchez, Departamento de Historia Medieval, Moderna y Contemporánea, Universidad de Salamanca
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Military History, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 1518-cThe River Nemunas (Memele) in the 14th Century: Changes of War and State Strategy of the Teutonic Order
(Language: English)
Vytas Jankauskas, Institute of Humanities Mykolas Romeris University Lithuania
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Military History, Politics and Diplomacy

Rivers often became landmarks of history. They often formed borders or had a decisive role in the strategic planning of rulers. The first paper argues that access to the Elbe watershed stood at the beginning of the crisis which threatened Henry IV's reign. The second paper will examine the link between castles and rivers as borders in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula. The third paper deals with the role of the river Memel as a military border in the war between the Teutonic order and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.