Sabine von Heusinger, “Fire, Siege, and the Jews” — 24 October 2017

2017-2018 W. John Bennett Distinguished Visiting Scholar
Professor Sabine von Heusinger
University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
 von heusinger lecture
Fire, Siege, and the Jews: Real and Imagined Threats 
to Water Supply in the Late Medieval City
Knowledge about conflicts over water resources affords revealing insight into the medieval world: What did societies fear most and how did they persecute real or imagined threats to water supply? In times of danger the lines between laity and clergy, between Christians and Jews or “them” and “us” could be redefined – as is witnessed in conflicts over water wells. In times of war even the courses of rivers were changed in order to conquer an enemy. This lecture focuses on late medieval cities in the German Empire as case studies. It explores the handling of an essential resource in strained times.
Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 4:10 pm
Alumni Hall, Room 100
121 St. Joseph Street
Reception to follow