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Les cours d'eau et les moulins de Montpellier aux XIIIe-XVe siècles

Abstract : While medieval watermills have been studied for the last century, historians didn't focus their attention on the watermills of Montpellier. This paper is meant to be an introduction to the subject and follows the trend of global history. First, I establish a quantitative, technical, juridicial and economical overview of watermills of Montpellier in the XIIIth-XVth centuries. I count and locate watermills on the Lez river, showing their economic value and who their landlors and tenants are. Then, I focus on the social and religious aspects of waterways by displaying the city response to climate risks. Climate impacts the flow rate and the water level of waterways, resulting in environmental and material damages as well as animal and human loses. This paper analyses how rogation processions help the community handle droughts and floods, but also the way sea consuls manage the latter. Finally, I state how climate, and its effects on waterways, contributes to the birth of new rituals such as the 1313 Flagellants procession – a new and very rare phenomenon in Montpellier – or the 1392 and 1412 immersion ritual of the Virgin relic in the Lez river.
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Coralie Naze. Les cours d'eau et les moulins de Montpellier aux XIIIe-XVe siècles. Histoire. 2020. ⟨dumas-03036676⟩



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