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Inspiration and Authority in the Middle Ages – Prophets and their Critics from Scholasticism to Humanism - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Inspiration and Authority in the Middle Ages: Prophets and their Critics from Scholasticism to Humanism

Brian FitzGerald


Inspiration and Authority rethinks the role of prophecy in the Middle Ages by examining how professional theologians responded to new assertions of divine inspiration. The book argues that the task of defining prophetic authority became a crucial intellectual and cultural enterprise as university-trained theologians confronted prophetic claims from lay mystics, radical Franciscans, and other unprecedented visionaries. In the process, these theologians redescribed their own activities as prophetic by locating inspiration not in special predictions or ecstatic visions but in natural forms of und ... More

Keywords: prophecy, inspiration, authority, scholasticism, humanism, theology, poetry, history, sacred, secular

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198808244
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198808244.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian FitzGerald, author
Lecturer, Program on History and Literature, Harvard University