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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 523: Apocalypse, Prophecy, and Reform, I

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Organisers:Matthew Gabriele, Department of Religion & Culture, Virginia Tech
James Palmer, School of History, University of Nottingham
Moderator/Chair:Helen Foxhall Forbes, Department of History, Durham University
Paper 523-aReforming the Rustici: Heresy and Apocalypse in Bede's Letter to Plegwine
(Language: English)
Peter Darby, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval, Religious Life
Paper 523-bThe Final Countdown and the Spread of Apocalyptic Thought in the 7th Century
(Language: English)
Immo Warntjes, School of History & Anthropology, Queen's University Belfast
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Religious Life

Medieval communities were energised to reform and remain watchful by bodies of thought which encouraged anticipation of judgement. These international sessions bring together scholars working on eschatology, apocalypse, and prophecy in the early Middle Ages to develop new paradigms for understanding the relationship between judgement and reform. Session I explores apocalyptic and eschatological expectations in the thought of Gregory the Great (d. 604) in Rome, Bede (d. 735) in Northumbria, and the Merovingian world more broadly.