The Sea in History - The Medieval World

The Sea in History - The Medieval World

Christian Buchet

Edited by Michel Balard


Boydell Press



An assessment of how important the sea was in the middle ages.
How important has the sea been in the development of human history? Very important indeed is the conclusion of this ground-breaking four volume work. The books bring together the world's leading maritime historians, who address the question of what difference the sea has made in relation to around 250 situations ranging from the earliest times to the present. They consider, across the entire world, subjects related to human migration, trade, economic development, warfare, the building of political units including states and empires, the dissemination of ideas, culture and religion, and much more, showing how the sea was crucial to all these aspects of human development.
The Sea in History - The Medieval World covers the period from the end of the Roman Empire in the West up to around the year 1500. It demonstrates that for many peoples and states in this period the sea was central to their existence - the Vikings, the Hanse, Venice, Genoa, the Normans - and it shows also how important the sea was for states which are not normally thought of as maritime powers, such as Byzantium, the Crusader states and the Mongol Empire. The book is global in its coverage, including material on East and Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and Africa, with particularly interesting material on China's extensive voyages of exploration in the fifteenth century, the role of the Vikings in the early formation of Russia, and on the building of ships, appropriate to local conditions, in different parts of the world.

40 of the contributions are in English; 34 are in French.

MICHEL BALARD is Emeritus Professor at the University Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne. CHRISTIAN BUCHET is Professor of Maritime History, Catholic University of Paris, Scientific Director of Océanides and a member of l'Académie de marine.

Published with Océanides Founded in March 2012, Océanides is a five-year, international research project which aims to provide scientific evidence of the key role seas and oceans have played in human evolution, culture and history.

Its primary objective is to provide the most global overview of maritime history to date, spanning five millennia and five continents. It aims to give policy makers the necessary tools with which to understand the close connection between humans and the sea, to appreciate the evidence of its crucial role in our future and to improve worldwide maritime policy.

For more information please see, @ProjetOceanides, Facebook: Association Oceanides


February 2017
48 black and white, 33 line illustrations
1086 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9781783271597
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Boydell Press
BISAC HIS037000, HIS037010, HIS027150
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Table of Contents

Introduction - Michel Balard (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Image de la mer dans les sociétés médiévales : perceptions et modes de transmission - Olivier Clodong (Nouvel Economiste)
La perception de la mer en Europe du Nord-Ouest (Moyen-Age, XIIIème-XVème siècles) - Frédérique Laget (France)
Medieval maritime polities - some considerations - Jan Rüdiger (University of Basel)
'Piracy', connectivity and seaborne power in the Middle Ages - Nikolas Jaspert (University of Heidelberg)
Connectivity and Sea Power - Entangled Maritime Dimensions in the Medieval Mediterranean - Sebastian Kolditz (Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg)
La révolution nautique médiévale (XIIIe-XVe siècles) - Christiane Villain-Gandossi (University of Aix-Marseille)
The maritime war in the Mediterranean 13th-15th centuries - Richard W. Unger (University of British Columbia)
La carte marine au Moyen-Age : outil technique, objet symbolique - Patrick Gautier-Dalché (CNRS and École Pratique des Hautes Études)
Ship building in the medieval Adriatic - John E. Dotson (Southern Illinois University)
L'arsenal de Venise - Elisabeth Crouzet-Pavan (University of Paris IV - Sorbonne)
Flottes publiques, flottes privées à Venise (XIIe-XVe s.) - Bernard Doumerc (University of Toulouse 2)
Au coeur de la puissance maritime de Venise, le sel - Jean-Claude Hocquet (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, University of Lille III)
Les gens de mer à Venise, XIIIème-XVème siècle - Doris Stöckly (Archives d'État de Thurgovie)
The naval power of Venice in the Oriental Mediterranean in the Middle Ages - Ruthy Gertwagen (University of Haifa and Oranim Academic College)
La vie maritime de Split et de Zadar du XIIIe au XVe siècle - Sabine Fabijanec (Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts)
Dubrovnik et la mer (XIIIe - XVe siècle) - Nenad Fejic (University of the West Indies and French Guiana)
Les Gênois, une flotte militaire privée ? - Pierangelo Campodonico (Istituzione Musei del Mare e delle Migrazioni, MUMA, Genova)
Flottes publiques et flottes privées à Gênes au XIVe siècle - Giovanna Petti-Balbi (University of Genova)
Les flottes génoises dans l'Atlantique (Angleterre - Flandre), XIIe - XVe siècles - Enrico Basso (University of Torino)
La vie à bord : de la navigation de cabotage à la navigation hauturière (XII - XV siècles) - Nicla Buonasorte (Istituzione Musei del Mare e delle Migrazioni, Genova)
Les Normands d'Italie et la mer (XIe-XIIe siècle) - Jean-Marie Martin (CNRS, UMR Orient et Méditerranée)
La mer empoisonnée : la Sicile médiévale - Henri Bresc (University of Paris-Nanterre and the Centre d'histoire sociale et culturelle de l'Occident )
Les Omeyyades d'al-Andalus (711-1021) : une puissance navale de la Méditerranée médiévale ? - Christophe Picard (University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Les flottes catalanes, XIIe-XVe siècle, le rôle des flottes dans l'expansion territoriale catalane - Maria Teresa Ferrer i Mallol (Institute of Catalan Studies, Barcelona)
Catalan maritime expansion in the Western Mediterranean (12th-15th centuries) - María Dolores Lopez-Perez (University of Barcelona)
Shipbuilding in Portugal in the Middle Ages - Felipe Castro (Center for Maritime Archeology and Conservation, Texas A&M University)
Manuel Pessanha et l'organisation de la flotte portugaise au XIVème siècle - Giulia Rossi-Vairo (Institute of History of Art of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
Les ordres militaires et la mer (XIIè-XVè siècles) - Pierre-Vincent Claverie (Cyprus Research Center, Nicosia)
The Latin kingdom of Jerusalem and the sea (late 11th-13th century) - David Jacoby (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)
The Ships of the Knights of St John - Jürgen Sarnowski (University of Hamburg)
The Lusignan Kingdom of Cyprus and the sea, 13th-15th century - Nicholas Coureas (University of Cyprus)
At the centre of the sea routes: the maritime life in Crete between the Middle Ages and the Early Modern era - Angeliki Panopoulou (National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens)
The Dromôn and the Byzantine navy - John Pryor (University of Sydney)
Harbours and shipbuilding in Byzantine Constantinople - Nergis Günsenin (University of Istanbul)
The Byzantine and Greek merchant marines (maritime enterprises) in the medieval Mediterranean - Gerasimos Pagratis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
The Byzantine Economy and the Sea: The Maritime Trade of Byzantium, Tenth-Fifteenth Centuries - Nevra Necipoglu (Bogazici University)
Maritime trade in the medieval Black Sea - Sergii Zelenko (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev)
Venetian navigation to the Black Sea areas, 13th to 15th century - Sergey Karpov (Lomonosov Moscow State University)
The transfer of maritime technology from Southern Europe to England c.1100-c.1600 - Susan Rose (Roehampton University)
Les royaumes barbares et la mer (Vème - début VIIIème siècle) - Régine Le Jan (University of Paris 1 - Sorbonne)
Capétiens et Plantagenets à l'épreuve de la suprématie maritime - Henri Legoherel (University of Angers)
Les fondements du commerce maritime de la Rochelle au Moyen-Age - Mathias Tranchant (University of La Rochelle)
La Bourgogne et la mer à la fin du Moyen-Age - Jacques Paviot (University of Paris Est Créteil)
Les anciens Frisons et la mer (Premier millénaire après Jésus Christ) - Stéphane Lebecq (Charles de Gaulle University - Lille 3)
Viking ships - Arne Emil Christensen (University of Oslo)
The Vikings and their Age - a good deal more than plunder - Nils Blomkvist (Uppsala University)
The maritime law of the Baltic Sea - Carsten Jahnke (University of Copenhagen)
Did the activity of the "Vitalian brethren" forbid trade in the Baltic Area? - Gregor Rohmann (Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main)
Teutonic order and the Baltic Sea in the 13th-16th centuries - Juhan Kreem (Tallinn City Archives, University of Tallinn)
Ships and shipping in medieval England - Ian Friel (United Kingdom)
Port labour in medieval England - Maryanne Kowaleski (Fordham University)
Fishing in medieval England - James A. Galloway (Ireland)
Portuguese maritime expansion from the African coast to India - Luis Adao De Fonseca (Porto University)
Les réseaux commerciaux Baynounk en Sénégambie (Afrique de l'Ouest), du VIIIe au XVIIe siècle - Mustapha Sall (University of Cheikh Anta Diop)
Le Mali et la mer (XIVe siècle), Autour du récit du sultan Mûsâ sur l'expédition maritime de son prédécesseur Muhammad - François-Xavier Fauvelle-Aymar (University of Toulouse-le-Mirail, France and Centre Jacques Be
L'Afrique orientale et la mer du IER au XVE siècle - Philippe Beaujard (CNRS, Centre d'Études des Mondes Africains, Paris 1)
The Red Sea in the medieval period - Patrick Wing (University of Redlands)
Early Maya navigation and maritime connections in Mesoamerica - Heather McKillop (Louisiana State University)
The Maya Caribbean: Fishing, Navigation, and Trade - Emiliano Melgar (Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia, Monterrey)
The Central Andean peoples and their relationship to the sea - Jorge Ortiz Sotelo (Instituto Riva-Agüero, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru)
Fluidité des circulations dans l'empire mongol du XIIIè siècle - Didier Gazagnadou (University of Paris VIII)
Les flottes islamiques de l'océan Indien (viie-xve siècle) : une puissance navale au service du commerce - Eric Vallet (University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Shipbuilding in India until the Fifteenth Century - Sachin Pendse (Tolani College of Commerce, Mumbai)
Medieval Ports in India - Annette Schmiedchen (Humboldt-Universität Berlin)
The maritime relations between the Indian ocean and the China sea in the Middle Ages - Angela Schottenhammer (University of Salzburg)
Naval power of the Yuan dynasty - Gakusho Nakajima (University of Kyushu)
The Chinese Fleets in the Indian Ocean (13th -15th Century) - Jinliang Qu (Ocean University of China)
Chinese supremacy in the Indian Ocean in the early 15th century - Louise Levathes (United States)
La Corée et la mer, Xè-XVè siècles - Yannick Bruneton (University Paris Diderot - Paris 7)
Féodalités maritimes : le Japon médiéval et la mer (XIè-XVIème siècles) - Guillaume Carré (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris)
L'Insulinde et la mer avant l'arrivée des Occidentaux - Pierre-Yves Manguin (École française d'Extrême-Orient, Paris)
Boat building tradition in the Philippines, (10th-16th Century) - Maria Bernadette L. Abrera (University of the Philippines Diliman)
Les relations maritimes entre l'Indonésie et l'océan Indien au Moyen Age - Paul Wormser (Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales)
Conclusion - Michel Balard (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

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