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The Apocalypse in the Early Middle Ages [PDF / EPUB] The Apocalypse in the Early Middle Ages This groundbreaking study reveals the distinctive impact of apocalyptic ideas about time evil and power on church and society in the Latin West c400 c1050 Drawing on evidence from late antiuity the Fr This groundbreaking study reveals the distinctive impact of in the MOBI õ apocalyptic ideas about time evil and power on church and society in the Latin West c c Drawing on evidence from late antiuity the The Apocalypse PDF/EPUB or Frankish kingdoms Anglo Saxon England Spain and Byzantium and sociological models James Palmer shows that apocalyptic thought was a powerful part of mainstream political ideologies and religious reform than many historians believe Moving Apocalypse in the ePUB ☆ beyond the standard 'Terrors of the Year ' The Apocalypse in the Early Middle Ages opens up broader perspectives on heresy the Antichrist and Last World Emperor legends chronography and the relationship between Apocalypse in the Early Middle PDF/EPUB or eschatology and apocalypticism In the process it offers reassessments of the worlds of Augustine Gregory of Tours Bede Charlemagne and the Ottonians providing a wide ranging and up to date survey of medieval apocalyptic thought This is the first full length English language treatment of a fundamental and controversial part of medieval religion and society.


4 thoughts on “The Apocalypse in the Early Middle Ages

  1. says:

    I read this book for a course on medieval apocalyptic thought; our professor recommended it to us as a useful guide for the semester a sort of tour de apocalypse This being my first time studying the subject I found Palmer's book tremendously helpful in assisting to give a fairly clear overview of changes in eschatology from about 300 to 1000 AD As becomes clear in the work this was a time of enormous change in Christian thought society kingship empire and apocalyptic expectation The corpus of source material is massive but Palmer does an admirable job of keeping things straight and most importantly tying the significance of the works back to the main theme which is that apocalypse made sense of things and conceptualised history It offered a language which could be used to direct situations This mentality is an important one to keep as it enables the reader to see things from the perspectives of the people living at the time to think their thoughts rather than to believe that everyone who expected the apocalypse was a religious fanatic expecting the sky to cave in at any second or else a puritanical bishop trying to keep everyone in check As Palmer shows the idea of the apocalypse was a very complex one evolving over a long period of time in many different places each of which brought their own situation and concerns to the table In short apocalyptic thought isn't just about how people thought the world would end it's how they engaged with their world in the present and that in itself makes for a fascinating study The book is a dense one with lots of footnotes and sources listed and this combined with my obsessive note taking made for slow going; there were also times when the thread of Palmer's arguments seemed to disappear and I had to fall back on lectures and seminars to understand the plot of the period The book is still worth a read on its own but if you are taking a course on apocalyptic thought and can elaborate on the events discussed then enjoy and certainly keep this one by the bedside table


  2. says:

    This was uite the complicated work Not just because of the subject matter which is itself ranks high on difficulty but because of its style it appears to be essentially a review of the literature which has studied the issue of the Apocalypse in the Early Middle Ages in English and German Considering that I have never heard of any of the modern names involved much less read their works the entire book left me feeling a little out of place but the interest which I possess regarding the theme as I view it the irrationality of 'The End is Nigh' sentimentality kept me going through a chapter a day I do not regret reading it for it painted an image of the era which seems to be thoroughly overlooked in other works on the age for instance I have oh so often read about Pope Gregory seeing the Angles in the slave market in Rome and commenting how they ought rightly be termed Angels and that this set in motion the Pope's sponsoring of missionary work into Britannia HOWEVER never has it come up that this was an ecclesiological imperative; without this missionary work being done amongst all the people of the world prophecy could not be fulfilled which turns the entire notion of early medieval missions on its head for me from being something relatively altruistic though obviously something which would guarantee income and power for the Church to something completely selfish the desire to bring about the end of the world and found the kingdom of Christ on Earth Such things like this gave the work an eye opening uality which makes me glad to have read it and thus my 4 star rating


  3. says:

    A dense scholarly work making a very strong case for viewing apocalypticism during the middle ages on a case by case basis Palmer constantly takes pains to avoid broad brush statements except to stress that Judgement Day was one of the defining elements of Christianity and thus always a consideration in the mediaeval mind if not always politically significant All this makes for a lively selection of theological anecdotes but will leave those seeking a narrative unsatisfied JM 4316


  4. says:

    Interesting and detailed examination of the interplay of apocalyptic thought and politics from the days of the Church Fathers up to roughly Y1K A lot of the time period covered I know little about Carolingian Europe but it nevertheless held my interest I love all things eschatological though


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