Session1609
TitleApocalypticism and Prognostication in the Early and High Medieval West, II: Around the Year 1000
Date/TimeThursday 12 July 2012: 11.15-12.45
 
SponsorInternational Consortium for Research in the Humanities, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen-Nürnberg
 
OrganiserLevi Roach, Department of History, University of Exeter
 
Moderator/ChairPeter Darby, Department of History, University of Nottingham
 
Paper 1609-a Gerbert of Aurillac and Gregorian Eschatology
(Language: English)
George David House, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Exeter
Index Terms: Ecclesiastical History; Historiography - Medieval; Language and Literature - Latin; Mentalities
Paper 1609-b The Whore of the Apocalypse and Kaiserkritik around the Year 1000
(Language: English)
Joanna Thornborough, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Index Terms: Ecclesiastical History; Historiography - Medieval; Political Thought
Paper 1609-c New Approaches to an Old Problem: Otto III and the End of Time
(Language: English)
Levi Roach, Department of History, University of Exeter
Index Terms: Lay Piety; Mentalities; Political Thought; Religious Life
 
AbstractApocalypticism and prognostication, though essential aspects of medieval religious belief, have not generally received the attention they deserve from modern historians. The reasons for this seem to be twofold: firstly, already in the Middle Ages contemporaries were wary about such beliefs, which were often dangerously heterodox and tended to be treated with suspicion by the ecclesiastical hierarchy; and secondly, scholars have often been reluctant to admit that the objects of their study may have been influenced by what seem to us to be such 'irrational' beliefs. These sessions seek to challenge such presumptions by re-examining the central role of apocalyptic thought and prognostication in Western Europe in the early and high Middle Ages.