Culture and economy of late medieval Central Europe
February 14, 2014 8:17 PM Subscribe
I'm working on an architectural research project on late gothic Germanic churches (from about 1500-1650), and feel hamstrung by my ignorance of the cultures and economies in which the architecture was produced.
posted by sakahane to Society & Culture (6 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
What should I read to acquire a working familiarity with the major events, cultural and economic trends, and zeitgeist of the period?
I'd appreciate both introductory and esoteric recommendations. Anything that would shed light on the structure of capital and labour (in and out of guilds) or how doctrinal and liturgical changes affected architecture and aesthetic ideals would be especially relevant.
I'm also very interested in knowing what there is to know about how connected Europe was within itself and with the rest of the world, economically and intellectually. Historians are revising the consensus on the intellectual poverty, limited trade and xenophobia of Europe in late antiquity and into the Middle Ages, but is a similar revision underway of the Late Middle Ages?