The Apocalypse in the Middle Ages

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Cornell University Press, 1992 - History - 428 pages
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This richly interdisciplinary collection of seventeen essays by an impressive array of medievalists offers an overview of the influence of the Apocalypse on the shaping of the Christian culture of the Middle Ages. Each one focuses on some aspect of John's great visionary text, specifically analyzing its interpretation, representation, and manipulation in medieval culture, history, religion, art, and literature. The book is divided into three sections.

In the first part, six scholars of medieval history and thought detail the development of interpretations of the Book of Revelation from the earliest work of Tyconius and Augustine to the Franciscan and Dominican explanations of the later Middle Ages. In the second part, six art historians discuss the visual representation of the Apocalypse in medieval art from early Christian mosaics through late medieval and early Renaissance paintings and prints, including those of Albrecht Durer. Five essays by historians and literary historians in the third section focus on the wide variety of ways in which medieval literature, liturgy, and historiography were influenced by the Apocalypse.

Providing a wealth of new material, this book will enrich our understanding of some of the major themes of medieval intellectual, cultural, and religious history, and should serve as a model for future works on related topics.

Contributors: David Burr, Michael Camille, Yves Christe, E. Randolph Daniel, Richard K. Emmerson, C. Clifford Flanigan, Paula Frederiksen, Ronald B. Herzman, Dale Kinney, Peter Klein, Robert E. Lerner, Suzanne Lewis, E. Ann Matter, Bernard McGinn, Karl F. Morrison, Penn Szittya, John Williams

  

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Contents

Johns Apocalypse and the Apocalyptic Mentality
3
Tyconius and Augustine on the Apocalypse
20
The Apocalypse in Early Medieval Exegesis
38
The Medieval Return to the ThousandYear Sabbath
51
Patterns of History in the Apocalypse
72
Mendicant Readings of the Apocalypse
89
The Apocalypse in Medieval
159
The Apocalypse in Early Christian Monumental Decoration
200
Exegesis and Illustration in ThirteenthCentury English Apocalypses
259
Visionary Perception and Images of the Apocalypse in the Later
276
The Apocalypse in Medieval Culture
293
The Apocalypse and the Medieval Liturgy
333
The Apocalypse in Some German
352
The Apocalypse in Medieval English
374
Dante and the Apocalypse
398
Contributors
415

Purpose and Imagery in the Apocalypse Commentary
217
The Apocalypse in the Monumental Art of the Eleventh through
234

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About the author (1992)

Bernard McGinn is the Naomi Shenstone Donnelley Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology and of the History of Christianity at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. His many books include "Antichrist: Two Thousand Years of the Human Fascination with Evil" and "The Presence of God", a multivolume history of Western Christian mysticism.

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