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Henri Pirenne

1862 - 1935

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Henri Pirenne (French: [piʁɛn]; 23 December 1862 – 24 October 1935) was a Belgian historian. A medievalist of Walloon descent, he wrote a multivolume history of Belgium in French and became a prominent public intellectual. Pirenne made a lasting contribution to the study of cities that was a controversial interpretation of the end of Roman civilization and the rebirth of medieval urban culture. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Henri Pirenne has received more than 193,339 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Henri Pirenne is the 64th most popular historian (down from 52nd in 2019), the 110th most popular biography from Belgium (down from 86th in 2019) and the most popular Belgian Historian.

Henri Pirenne is most famous for his theory that the decline of the Roman Empire was due to the rise of Islam.

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Among historians, Henri Pirenne ranks 64 out of 339Before him are Francesco Guicciardini, Joseph Justus Scaliger, Quintus Curtius Rufus, Geoffrey of Villehardouin, Gaston Maspero, and Heinrich Wölfflin. After him are Bernard Lewis, Theophylact Simocatta, Al-Baladhuri, Nicolaus of Damascus, Johann Jakob Bachofen, and Joannes Zonaras.

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Among people born in 1862, Henri Pirenne ranks 22Before him are J. Bruce Ismay, Hilma af Klint, Louis Barthou, Helene Schjerfbeck, Cecilia Bowes-Lyon, Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and Nikolai Yudenich. After him are Emilio Salgari, Daniel Swarovski, Gustav Ritter von Kahr, Prince Henry of Prussia, Victor, Prince Napoléon, and Loie Fuller. Among people deceased in 1935, Henri Pirenne ranks 25Before him are Jane Addams, Hugo de Vries, Hugo Junkers, John Macleod, Komitas, and Lij Iyasu of Ethiopia. After him are Josef Suk, Mihajlo Pupin, Ivan Vladimirovich Michurin, Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche, Panait Istrati, and Aron Nimzowitsch.

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In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, Henri Pirenne ranks 110 out of 1,019Before him are Gerard de Ridefort (1141), Eugène Ysaÿe (1858), Paul Delvaux (1897), Frans Snyders (1579), Gertrude of Nivelles (626), and François Vatel (1631). After him are Henri Vieuxtemps (1820), Karel van Mander (1548), Jacob Obrecht (1457), Charles Theodore, Elector of Bavaria (1724), Henri, Count of Paris (1933), and Henry VI, Count of Luxembourg (1240).

Among HISTORIANS In Belgium

Among historians born in Belgium, Henri Pirenne ranks 1After him are Julien Ries (1920) and Henri Grégoire (1881).