The Empire at the End of Time Hardback

Identity and Reform in Late Medieval German Prophecy

by Frances Courtney Kneupper;


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The Empire at the End of Time

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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.

The Empire at the End of Time by Frances Courtney Kneupper was published by Oxford University Press Inc in May 2016. The ISBN for The Empire at the End of Time is 9780190279363.

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Page last updated 26th April 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherOxford University Press Inc (May 2016)
Weight544g
Number of Pages256
Thickness25 mm
Height235 mm
Width156 mm
ISBN9780190279363
ISBN-100190279362
Product Code4370891
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