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

Frances Courtney Kneupper


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 vis ... More

Keywords: prophecy, late medieval Empire, anticlericalism, German political identity, Reformation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190279363
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190279363.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frances Courtney Kneupper, author
Assistant Professor of Medieval History, The University of Mississippi