Polish Lands against a European Background until the Mid-16th Century
Aqua est substantia actualiter humida aere materialior huius virtutem lauatinam et gurgitaturam et potatiuam auctorum, monstrorum matrix et piscium faciliter susceptiua impressionum omnium et maxie caliditatis et frigiditate ab equalitate dicta a mari suam trahens originem1
“[…] since a city requires a large amount of water not only for drinking but also for washing, for gardens, tanners and fullers, and drains, and – this is very important – in case of a sudden outbreak of fire, the best should be reserved for drinking, and the remainder distributed according to need.”2
The above quotations from two works written almost at the same time, i.e. in the mid-15th century, reflect various ways of thinking about water in the times which will be discussed in the present work. The first quotation constitutes one of the belated attempts to define water in a manner proper to 13th-century encyclopaedias. The second quotation, although taken from a treatise, renders the reality of a 15th-century town and systematically, though briefly, presents these areas of life in which water – in large quantities – was most needed.
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