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

Frances Courtney Kneupper
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New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2016.
Language
English
ISBN
9780190279387
Summary
Even within the sensational genre of eschatological prophecy, the prophecies of the late medieval Empire stand out as strikingly bitter and violent texts. They foresee the savage chastisement of the clergy, the murder of clerics, and the forceful restructuring of the Church. But they also infuse the apocalyptic narrative with explicitly German elements. 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. Thus the central argument of this book is that popular German prophecies encouraged a vision of members of the Empire as the ordained reformers of Christendom at the end of time.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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