Session1624
TitleProphecy and Empire, IV
Date/TimeThursday 10 July 2014: 11.15-12.45
 
SponsorCentre for Medieval Studies, University of Bristol
 
OrganiserAnke Holdenried, Department of History, University of Bristol
 
Moderator/ChairFelicitas Schmieder, Historisches Institut, FernUniversität in Hagen
 
Paper 1624-a Sibyls, History, and Empire in 13th-Century Italy
(Language: English)
Anke Holdenried, Department of History, University of Bristol
Index Terms: Historiography - Medieval; Language and Literature - Latin; Learning (The Classical Inheritance); Political Thought
Paper 1624-b 'The Lion with the Humble Roar': Astrology, Sibylline Prophecy, Empire, and the Fate of Italy in the Works of John of Legnano
(Language: English)
Laura Ackerman Smoller, Department of History, University of Rochester, New York
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Latin; Learning (The Classical Inheritance); Political Thought
Paper 1624-c Antichrists or Last Emperors?: The Luxembourger Rulers in the Apocalyptic Prophecies
(Language: English)
Pavlína Cermanová, Centre for Medieval Studies, Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences, Praha
Index Terms: Historiography - Medieval; Language and Literature - Latin; Language and Literature - Slavic; Political Thought
 
AbstractThe aim of these sessions is to investigate how imperial and prophetic traditions interlinked in the medieval period (c. 500-1500). Topics include:
• Classical and Christian prophecy/empire
• Non-European traditions of 'prophecy' and 'empire'
• Emperors/rulers as sponsors of prophecy
• The medieval legend of the Last Emperor: its development and adaptation to various contexts throughout Christendom, East and West
• 'Informal' empires: how Latin and vernacular texts use prophecy to construct rulership and to comment on the aspirations of specific rulers or dynasties
• Non-biblical traditions of prognostication, for example astrological predictions concerning the fate of different medieval realms and that of their enemies
• The interdependency of 'prophecy' and 'empire' in medieval visual and material culture
• Approaches to 'Prophecy and Empire' in modern historiography