OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

The Empire at the End of Time: Identity and Reform in Late Medieval German Prophecy

ISBN : 9780190279363

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¥12,628
著者: 
Frances Courtney Kneupper
ページ
280 ページ
フォーマット
Hardcover
サイズ
156 x 235 mm
刊行日
2016年05月
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In this book, Frances Courtney Kneupper examines the apocalyptic prophecies of the late medieval Empire, which even within the sensational genre of eschatological prophecy stand out for their bitter and violent nature. In addition to depicting the savage chastisement of the clergy and the forcible restructuring of the Church, these prophecies also infuse the apocalyptic narrative with explicitly German elements-in fact, German speakers are frequently cast as the agents of these stirring events in which the clergy suffer tribulations and the Church hierarchy is torn down. These prophecies were widely circulated throughout late medieval German-speaking Europe. Kneupper explores their significance for members of the Empire from 1380 to 1480, arguing that increased literacy, the development of strong urban centers, the drive for reform, and a connection to the imperial crown were behind their popularity. Offering detailed accounts of the most significant prophecies, Kneupper shows how they fit into currents of thought and sentiment in the late medieval Empire. In particular, she considers the relationships of German prophecy to contemporary discourses on Church reform and political identity. She finds that eschatological thought was considered neither marginal nor heretical, but was embraced by a significant, orthodox population of German laypeople and clerics, demonstrating the importance of popular eschatological thought to the development of a self-conscious, reform-minded, German-identified Empire on the Eve of the Reformation.

目次: 

Map
Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction
SECTION ONE: CONTEXT
1 Audience and Reception
SECTION TWO: INDIVIDUAL PROPHECIES OF LATE MEDIEVAL GERMAN-SPEAKING EUROPE
2 The Gamaleon Prophecy
3 The Letter of Brother Sigwalt
4 The Auffahrt Abend Prophecy
5 The Wirsberger Letters
SECTION THREE: THEMES IN LATE MEDIEVAL GERMAN PROPHECY
6 The Church and Clergy in Prophetic Thought
7 German Identity in Prophetic Thought
CONCLUSION
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Notes
Bibliography
Index

著者について: 

Frances Courtney Kneupper is Assistant Professor of Medieval History at the University of Mississippi.

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