Ep. 204 Crises on the Eve of 1517

 
This woodcut, the Melancholia 1 by Albrecht Dürer, has vexed many art historians with its esoteric and mysterious images.  Yet, we know that Dürer is, in his own way, expressing the angst and pessimism that would surround the shift from the Medieval to the Early Modern world.  This woodcut was finished in 1514, three years before the Reformation's formal shot across the bough of the Roman church

This woodcut, the Melancholia 1 by Albrecht Dürer, has vexed many art historians with its esoteric and mysterious images.  Yet, we know that Dürer is, in his own way, expressing the angst and pessimism that would surround the shift from the Medieval to the Early Modern world.  This woodcut was finished in 1514, three years before the Reformation's formal shot across the bough of the Roman church

 

Why would this show be indebted to the year 1517 and the events following it?  Why do we (from the intimately connected to indifferent or hostile) have much to look at in the Reformation and see our indebtedness to a 500 year old movement? The Reformation opened not only controversy and religious strife, but also radical freedom (both theologically and socially) and a new lens by which the west would look at the world for the next half of a millennia.  It was a religious movement, but it made waves with society and politics that are still felt today.

On this show, part one of a two part series, we look at the social, political and intellectual world of the Late Middle Ages and the various crises that would lead to arguably the most significant event in the transition from a medieval world to a modern view of such things as: education, healthcare, lending and banking, and that is just the beginning.  This era was both of our first actual fields as we engaged the Early Modern World in both of our dissertations.   There's gonna be some learnin' going on. Enjoy the show!

 
 
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