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

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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 theagents 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. Inparticular, 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 andclerics, 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.
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780190279363
ISBN-10: 0190279362
Pagini: 280
Ilustrații: 1
Dimensiuni: 171 x 240 x 22 mm
Greutate: 0.55 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP USA
Locul publicării: New York, United States

Recenzii

Kneupper's book is a brilliant, engaging and most-needed analysis of a relatively reduced but influential corpus of late medieval literature that contributes to the understanding of the religious and political genesis of the Protestant Reform.
The Empire at the End of Time should find an eager readership among historians of the late Middle Ages and the early Reformation, but also among readers curious to learn more about Christian apocalyptic traditions.
Kneupper treats her subject with admirable care and precision.
By showing more concretely and in greater detail than ever before the ways in which the spread of anticlerical and apocalyptic prophecies went hand in hand with an emerging sense of what it meant to be German, Kneupper's work makes a significant contribution to our understanding of late medieval culture. Scholars in early modern studies, including those who focus on the Reformation era, can gain valuable insights here as well.

Notă biografică

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