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IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1709: Apocalypticism and Prognostication in the Early and High Medieval West, III: Themes and Approaches

Thursday 12 July 2012, 14.15-15.45

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:Erik Niblaeus, International Consortium for Research in the Humanities, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen-Nürnberg
Paper 1709-aCognitive Dissonance and Unfalsifiable Prophecies in the Early Middle Ages
(Language: English)
James Palmer, School of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Mentalities
Paper 1709-bThe Prevalence and Function of Prognosis in Historical Works from Germany in the 12th and 13th Centuries
(Language: English)
Hans-Christian Lehner, Internationales Forschungskolleg 'Schicksal, Freiheit und Prognose', Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin, Political Thought
Paper 1709-cProphecy as a Medieval Category of Knowledge
(Language: English)
Anke Holdenried, Department of Historical Studies, University of Bristol
Index terms: Mentalities, Religious Life

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.