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The Fullness of Time

Temporalities of the Fifteenth-Century Low Countries

Matthew S. Champion

The Fullness of Time

Matthew S. Champion

304 pages | 5 color plates, 32 halftones, 1 map, 2 line drawings | 6 x 9 | © 2017
Cloth $55.00 ISBN: 9780226514796 Published November 2017
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The Low Countries were at the heart of innovation in Europe in the fifteenth century. Throughout this period, the flourishing cultures of the Low Countries were also wrestling with time itself. The Fullness of Time explores that struggle, and the changing conceptions of temporality that it represented and embodied showing how they continue to influence historical narratives about the emergence of modernity today.
 
The Fullness of Time asks how the passage of time in the Low Countries was ordered by the rhythms of human action, from the musical life of a cathedral to the measurement of time by clocks and calendars, the work habits of a guildsman to the devotional practices of the laity and religious orders. Through a series of transdisciplinary case studies, it explores the multiple ways that objects, texts and music might themselves be said to engage with, imply, and unsettle time, shaping and forming the lives of the inhabitants of the fifteenth-century Low Countries. Champion reframes the ways historians have traditionally told the history of time, allowing us for the first time to understand the rich and varied interplay of temporalities in the period.
 
Contents
Abbreviations
Introduction
Chapter 1: The Polyphony of Civic Time in Fifteenth-Century Leuven
Chapter 2: The Altarpiece of the Holy Sacrament: Making Time in Leuven’s St. Peter’s Church
Chapter 3: Music, Time, and Devotion: Emotional Narratives at the Cathedral of Cambrai
Chapter 4: The Advent of the Lamb: Unfolding History and Liturgy in Fifteenth-Century Ghent
Chapter 5: Calendars and Chronology: Temporal Devotion in Fifteenth-Century Leuven
Chapter 6: Time for the Fasciculus temporum: Time, Text, and Vision in Early Print Culture
Conclusion
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Review Quotes
Emma Dillon, King's College London
“In this stunningly original and meticulously researched account of time in medieval culture, Matthew Champion extends an august scholarly tradition by virtue of the extraordinarily rich and diverse sources he brings to bear on excavating the experience and philosophy of time in the Low Countries. Drawing on a variety of witnesses from the painted altarpiece, to the urban procession, to the toll of city bells, to the inner voices of the prayerful, to the rumination of the theologian, Champion offers readings that are insightful and moreover virtuosic in the ease with which they move between disciplinary discourses. In particular, The Fullness of Time offers a profound meditation on the role of sound in shaping the tempos of medieval life, the likes of which has rarely been undertaken before in the fields of history or musicology. Generously documented and beautifully written, it will surely be read and admired for many years to come.”
Bonnie J. Blackburn, Wolfson College, Oxford
“A keen interest in time and chronology characterizes the long Middle Ages, but it is by no means confined to calendars and computus. This brilliant and provocative book shows how concepts of time permeated everyday life in the fifteenth-century Low Countries. It welds together such seemingly disparate topics as altar painting, manuscript illuminations, ducal entries, bells, biblical history, music, and chronology into a coherent and illuminating whole. Each chapter gives rise to thought-provoking connections with other topics that might not have occurred to the reader before, such as the liturgical measurement of civic processions and the intertwining of art and music. Audible, visual, and emotional time intersect in a harmonious polyphony of time.”
John H. Arnold, King's College, Cambridge
“This is a wonderfully written book, presenting a highly nuanced and multi-layered analysis. Jacques Le Goff famously pointed to a move from ‘Church time’ to ‘Merchant time’ in the Middle Ages; Matthew Champion shows us many further layers of complexity beyond those binary poles. Time is here explored liturgically, civically, historiographically, musically, and visually, and we see throughout how the sacred and the secular entwine, sometimes harmoniously, sometimes pulling against each other. The fullness of time lies not only in its multiple contexts and rhythms, but in its affective reach, as something experienced emotionally, devotionally, and as a core part of how human subjects are made. A stunning work of cultural history, based upon a deep knowledge of the sources combined with considerable theoretical sophistication.”
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