The 15th century was a time of tumult, war, and change both social and technological. This week we look at five events that changed the course of history around the globe: the end of the 100 Years War, China’s switch to silver currency, the fall of Constantinople, Pope Nicholas V’s legalization of slavery, and Gutenberg’s printing press.
Show notes and links:
- Shades of Milk and Honey (Glamourist Histories Book 1), Mary Robinette Kowal (amazon.com)
- Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
- Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (miniseries)
- The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1989) dir. Terry Gilliam
- Baron Munchausen
- Hundred Years’ War
- China and Europe, 1500–2000 and Beyond: What is Modern? (columbia.edu) Chinese currency.
- Fall of Constantinople
- Pope Nicholas V legalizes slavery
- Gutenberg’s Printing press
- Music: Codex Faenza (ca. 1410 – 1420): Francesco Landini (youtube.com)
- Chinese Ancient Music (youtube.com)
- Istanbul (Not Constantinople) – Barbershop A Cappella Quartet (youtube.com)
- Music of Ottoman empire, old Ottoman Song 18/19 th Century – Üsküdara Giderken (youtube.com)
- Early 16th Century Venetian Lute Music, Paul O’Dette (youtube.com)
- German Renaissance Music (youtube.com)
- Bad Cat Store at Zazzle (zazzle.com)
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