Lecturer: Cheda Panajotovic
This is a story about the ending of what is normally referred to as ‘The Middle Ages’. The title explains the very end of the era when Columbus stumbled upon the West Indies and the age of world domination by Europe’s faster developing countries began.
But the story is not that simple. We need to see how the world was changing at the time and what part was played by the Black Death (1348), the gentle almost unseen ending of serfdom, the rise of a new kind of middle class and their hunger for education.
With the increase of wealth among the landholding classes, luxury goods were all important and traders were competing of who could import, create or supply the best.
In Italy, the richest bankers and traders decorated their palaces with whatever luxury money could buy. Leading the need for wishing nothing but the best of the best was the Church of Rome, re-building and re-inventing itself in so many ways.
The Italian Renaissance was thus born, served by artists like Da Vinci and Michelangelo. It was soon to spread throughout Europe and beyond.