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Environmental Disasters in Medieval France

How did medieval people deal with natural disasters? In this episode, Lucie speaks with Brian Forman, whose research focuses on responses to environmental disasters in three late medieval communities of medieval France. As we find out in the podcast, late medieval municipalities implemented a wide array of strategies to mitigate and prevent climatic catastrophes, sometimes religious, and at other times practical.

Brian Forman, who received his PhD in history in June 2021 from Northwestern University, where he did his dissertation on Los Grans Mals: Disasters and Civic Life in the Late Medieval Midi. Click here to view his university webpage.

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Brian recommends the following works:

Abigail Agresta, “From Purification to Protection: Plague Response in Late Medieval Valencia,” in Speculum, Vol. 95:2 (2020)

François Otchakovsky-Laurens, La vie politique à Marseille sous la domination angevine (1348-1385)

Steven A Epstein, The Medieval Discovery of Nature

See also: 10 Natural Disasters that Struck the Medieval World

The Medieval Grad Podcast is a new podcast here at Medievalists.net. Look for two episodes to be released each month – if you are part of our Patreon you can listen to these episodes early!

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You can listen to the podcast via LibsynSpotifyApple Podcasts, or through your favourite podcast player.

Lucie Laumonier is an affiliate assistant professor at Concordia University. Click here to view her Academia.edu page or follow her on Instagram at The French Medievalist. She is also a columnist on Medievalists.net, writing about agriculture and rural life in the Middle Ages.

The music in this podcast is La douce jouvencelle

Top Image: Bibliothèque nationale de France MS Français 985 fol.14r

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