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The Polyphony of Civic Time in Fifteenth-Century Leuven

The Polyphony of Civic Time in Fifteenth-Century Leuven

Chapter:
(p.26) Chapter One The Polyphony of Civic Time in Fifteenth-Century Leuven
Source:
The Fullness of Time
Author(s):
Matthew S. Champion
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226514826.003.0002

This chapter is a survey of the multiple ways of organising and experiencing time in the city of Leuven in the fifteenth century. It considers how time was understood in relation to the newly-founded University of Leuven, its social and economic life, including the life of its guilds and markets, its religious institutions and practices, and its visual and sonic cultures, especially the bells of the city. It examines how the language of the old and new was deployed to frame the dramatic transformations in the town’s physical and intellectual life in the fifteenth century. The temporalities of the city were experienced as varied and layered, including complex interactions between the times of the liturgy and other domains of social life.

Keywords:   time, temporality, Leuven, fifteenth century, bells, liturgy, university, old, new

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