IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1509: Apocalypticism and Prognostication in the Early and High Medieval West, I: The Early Middle Ages

Thursday 12 July 2012, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:International Consortium for Research in the Humanities, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen-Nürnberg
Organiser:Levi Roach, St John's College, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Levi Roach, St John's College, University of Cambridge
Paper 1509-aApocalyptic Traditions in the Western Empire in Late Antiquity
(Language: English)
Katharina Enderle, Abteilung für Alte Geschichte, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval, Mentalities
Paper 1509-bNarrative Time: Different Perspectives of End-Time in the Works of Augustine, Jerome, and Sulpicius Severus
(Language: English)
Veronika Wieser, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval, Religious Life
Paper 1509-cBede's History of the Future
(Language: English)
Peter Darby, School of Historical Studies, University of Leicester
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin, Religious Life
Abstract

Apocalypticism 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.