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Harmonia Time Capsule: 1529

Let's take a look back in time to 1529...a year of theological debates, the reinstatement of the Edict of Worms, and the death of the Bishop of Bordeaux.

Portrait of Pietro Bembo by Lucas Cranach the Younger (1515-1586)

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Portrait of Pietro Bembo by Lucas Cranach the Younger (1515-1586).

The first half of the sixteenth century saw an upheaval in the religious world, and the year 1529 was no different. In this year, the Flensburg Disputation—a theological debate between Lutherans and the Danish Anabaptist—took place in the German city of Flensburg.

The Protestant Reformation in Europe
Andrew Johnston
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The Edict of Worms, originally decreed in 1521, was re-instated at the Diet of Spayer in 1529, declaring Martin Luther a heretic and calling on any city or state to bring him before Emperor Charles V for prosecution.

Documents of the Christian Church
Henry Bettenson, Chris Maunder
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In 1529 England, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey had set up a court to decide on the legality of Henry VIII’s marriage to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. This was one of many events that would lead to a religious reformation in England. Wolsey eventually ruled against Henry’s request for an annulment, and lost his position of Lord Chancellor to Thomas More. Additionally, the English Reformation Parliament would convene for the first time in 1529 and would ultimately pass legislation leading to the English Reformation.

English Reformations: Religion, Politics, and Society under the Tudors
Christopher Haigh
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In Italy, Cardinal Pietro Bembo became the historiographer of Venice in 1529. Bembo played an important role in the development of Italian as a literary language, and he did so, in part, by reviving the sonnets of the 14th century poet Petrarch. Many madrigals composed in the sixteenth century used Petrarch’s words.

Selections from the Canzoniere and Other Works
Petrarch
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French composer and priest Clement Janequin found himself unemployed in 1529 after the death of his patron Jean de Foix, the Bishop of Bordeaux. Janequin later found work in Angers, where his brother also lived. Janequin went on to achieve incredible popularity during his lifetime, and is well known for his influence in the development of the Parisian chanson.

Music heard in this time capsule

Excerpts from T.25: Il estoit une fillette (1:27)
Musica Antigua de Albuquerque — The Sport of Love (Dorian Recordings, 1999)
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T.16: L’Alouette (Or sus, or sus) (2:27)
Ensemble Doulce Memoire — Renaissance Winds (Dorian Recordings, 1999)
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The Protestant Reformation in Europe
Andrew Johnston
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Documents of the Christian Church
Henry Bettenson, Chris Maunder
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
English Reformations: Religion, Politics, and Society under the Tudors
Christopher Haigh
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Selections from the Canzoniere and Other Works
Petrarch
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album cover
Excerpts from T.25: Il estoit une fillette (1:27)
Musica Antigua de Albuquerque — The Sport of Love (Dorian Recordings, 1999)
album cover
T.16: L’Alouette (Or sus, or sus) (2:27)
Ensemble Doulce Memoire — Renaissance Winds (Dorian Recordings, 1999)
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
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