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Ever wanted to understand the key themes driving over five hundred years of European history? In this album, architecture reveals the social, religious and economic fortunes of some of the most influential people between 1400 and 1900. By the end of the 19th century Queen Victoria presided over the vast British Empire. She looked out from London, the heart of her empire, with its buildings echoing Imperial Rome. Brussels’ architecture, like London’s, was also designed to show the world the power and imagination of its 19th century king, Leopold the 1st. Architecture was also used in the medieval period to show devotion to God or simply to signal wealth and authority. The wealthy French nobleman, Jacques Coeur, completed his imposing palace in 1450 and Richard Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick’s chapel not only reflects contemporary ideas about death and salvation but also the status of one of the most powerful English noblemen of the 15th century. This material is taken from The Open University course A200 Exploring history: medieval to modern 1400 - 1900.

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Track 1: Exploring History: Medieval to Modern 1400 - 1900

A short introduction to this album.


© The Open University 2008


Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Exploring History: Medieval to Modern 1400 - 1900    A short introduction to this album. Play now Exploring History: Medieval to Modern 1400 - 1900
2 Exploring imperial London    The architecture of London, the heart of the British empire. Play now Exploring imperial London
3 Exploring imperial Brussels    The royal influence on the design and planning of Brussels. Play now Exploring imperial Brussels
4 Palais Jacques Coeur: layout    Aristocratic 15th century French architecture. Play now Palais Jacques Coeur: layout
5 Palais Jacques Coeur: decoration    The wealth of interior and exterior decoration reflects the status of Jacques Coeur. Play now Palais Jacques Coeur: decoration
6 Beachamp's effigy    Beauchamp's status is reflected in the elaborate heraldry depicted in his gilt bronze effigy. Play now Beachamp's effigy
7 Beauchamp's chapel    The chapel of Richard Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, spells out his wealth and importance. Play now Beauchamp's chapel
8 The chapel as a stage set    Beauchamp takes centre stage with his complex, carved tomb. Play now The chapel as a stage set