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Inspiration and Authority in the Middle AgesProphets and their Critics from Scholasticism to Humanism$
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Brian FitzGerald

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198808244

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198808244.001.0001

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Nicholas Trevet and the Consolation of Prophecy

Nicholas Trevet and the Consolation of Prophecy

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(p.152) 5 Nicholas Trevet and the Consolation of Prophecy
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Inspiration and Authority in the Middle Ages
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Brian FitzGerald

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198808244.003.0006

This chapter examines the writings of Nicholas Trevet, the English Dominican whose work was influential at the beginning of the fourteenth century both at the new centre of power in papal Avignon and in early Italian humanist circles during the height of turmoil over radical Franciscans and Joachimism. Trevet was suspicious of predictive claims, and he combined this suspicion with an attentiveness to prophetic language and philosophical discernment of the workings of time and providence. Developed especially in his commentaries on Boethius and on Seneca’s tragedies, Trevet’s model of prophecy had affinities with literary talent and intellectual ability and was indicative of trends within both the Dominican Order and the Avignon papal court.

Keywords:   Nicholas Trevet, Avignon, providence, Boethius, ethics, tragedy, consolation, philosophy, fate, Pope John XXII

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