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IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 1222: In between Heresy and Orthodoxy: Topics, Spaces, and Methods of Late Medieval Prophecy

Wednesday 15 July 2009, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:International Research Group 'Prophecy as Code of Communication'
Organiser:Felicitas Schmieder, Historisches Institut, FernUniversität Hagen
Moderator/Chair:Gábor Klaniczay, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Paper 1222-aDemons and Angels in the Papacy: The Early Formation of the Idea of the Angel Pope
(Language: English)
Katelyn Mesler, Northwestern University
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Political Thought, Theology
Paper 1222-bThe Radical Orthodoxy of Vernacular Prophecy in Late Medieval Germany
(Language: English)
Courtney Kneupper, Department of History, Northwestern University
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Religious Life, Technology
Paper 1222-cThe Political Implications of Joachim of Fiore's Prophecies for the Papacy in the 13th Century
(Language: English)
Matthew Edward Harris, University of Bristol

Prophetic approaches to the history of the future have been, in the Middle Ages and in Western Christianity (though not only in these), a decisive part of religious thinking. Since prophets and interpreters of traditional prophecies were reflecting on the present in order to influence human behaviour sub specie eternitatis, they were touching all fields of faith, society, politics, and they were – especially in the later Middle Ages – always on the margin of heresy. The papers are focusing on this 'situation in between' in Latin Christianity of the 13th to 15th century, each on a special example of type of prophecy, region of prophetic reception, and method of interpretation.