Prognostication in the Medieval World

Prognostication in the Medieval World

Author: Matthias Heiduk

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110499773

Category: History

Page: 1039

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Two opposing views of the future in the Middle Ages dominate recent historical scholarship. According to one opinion, medieval societies were expecting the near end of the world and therefore had no concept of the future. According to the other opinion, the expectation of the near end created a drive to change the world for the better and thus for innovation. Close inspection of the history of prognostication reveals the continuous attempts and multifold methods to recognize and interpret God’s will, the prodigies of nature, and the patterns of time. That proves, on the one hand, the constant human uncertainty facing the contingencies of the future. On the other hand, it demonstrates the firm believe during the Middle Ages in a future which could be shaped and even manipulated. The handbook provides the first overview of current historical research on medieval prognostication. It considers the entangled influences and transmissions between Christian, Jewish, Islamic, and non-monotheistic societies during the period from a wide range of perspectives. An international team of 63 renowned authors from about a dozen different academic disciplines contributed to this comprehensive overview.

Prognostication in the Medieval World

Prognostication in the Medieval World

Author: Matthias Heiduk

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110498479

Category: History

Page: 1039

View: 857

Two opposing views of the future in the Middle Ages dominate recent historical scholarship. According to one opinion, medieval societies were expecting the near end of the world and therefore had no concept of the future. According to the other opinion, the expectation of the near end created a drive to change the world for the better and thus for innovation. Close inspection of the history of prognostication reveals the continuous attempts and multifold methods to recognize and interpret God’s will, the prodigies of nature, and the patterns of time. That proves, on the one hand, the constant human uncertainty facing the contingencies of the future. On the other hand, it demonstrates the firm believe during the Middle Ages in a future which could be shaped and even manipulated. The handbook provides the first overview of current historical research on medieval prognostication. It considers the entangled influences and transmissions between Christian, Jewish, Islamic, and non-monotheistic societies during the period from a wide range of perspectives. An international team of 63 renowned authors from about a dozen different academic disciplines contributed to this comprehensive overview.

Dreams, Nature, and Practices as Signs of the Future in the Middle Ages

Dreams, Nature, and Practices as Signs of the Future in the Middle Ages

Author: Klaus Herbers

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004519176

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 324

View: 434

Seeking for signs of the future was a basic component of the pre-modern European mindset. The great variety of signs that are reviewed in the set of articles present commentaries on the time of their creation, whereas signs of the future display an ambiguous character.

Astrology and Numerology in Medieval and Early Modern Catalonia

Astrology and Numerology in Medieval and Early Modern Catalonia

Author: John Scott Lucas

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004132422

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 207

View: 469

From a late 15th-century Catalan incunable and drawing on a rich tradition of astrological magic, geomancy, Pythagorean numerology and Hebrew gematria, this practical manual reveals a unique expression of medieval syncretism, the mingling of traditions and the development of new ideas.

Mittelalterliche Rechtstexte und mantische Praktiken

Mittelalterliche Rechtstexte und mantische Praktiken

Author: Klaus Herbers

Publisher:

ISBN: 3412520497

Category:

Page: 152

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Prognostik, Divination, Mantik und Wahrsagerei sind im mittelalterlichen Recht vielfach gegenwärtig. Doch rechtfertigt die Gegenwart dieser Thematik in den Rechtsquellen einen Rückschluss auf die Praxis? Reagierten die einzelnen Texte tatsächlich auf jeweils zeitgenössische Praktiken oder wurde vielleicht nur älteres Traditionsgut aus rechtssystematischen Gründen immer wieder fortgeschrieben? Von der Beantwortung dieser Frage hängt auch ab, welchen Stellenwert die prognostischen Praktiken in der Lebenswelt besaßen. In diesem Band analysieren ausgewiesene Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler nicht nur, in welcher Varianz und in welcher Kontinuität die Thematik der Prognostik in Rechtstexten des frühen und hohen Mittelalters erscheint, sondern fragen auch nach Überlieferung und Sitz im Leben. Zu den untersuchten Quellen gehören Sammlungen kirchlichen und weltlichen Rechts, Bußbücher sowie päpstliche Schreiben.

The End(s) of Time(s)

The End(s) of Time(s)

Author: Hans-Christian Lehner

Publisher: Prognostication in History

ISBN: 9004461027

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 404

View: 381

"In times of crises, be it about climate change, the pandemic corona virus, or democratic struggles, there is an unwaning interest worldwide in the end of times and related themes such as apocalypticism, messianism, and utopianism. This concerns scholarship and society alike, and is by no means limited to the religious field. The present volume collates essays from specialists in the study of apocalyptic and eschatological subjects. With its interdisciplinary approach, it is designed to overcome the existing Euro-centrism and incorporate a broader perspective to the topic of end time expectations in the Christian Middle Ages as well as in East Asia and Africa"--

Printing and Prophecy

Printing and Prophecy

Author: Jonathan Green

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472027581

Category: History

Page: 265

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Printing and Prophecy: Prognostication and Media Change 1450-1550 examines prognostic traditions and late medieval prophetic texts in the first century of printing and their effect on the new medium of print. The many prophetic and prognostic works that followed Europe's earliest known printed book---not the Gutenberg Bible, but the Sibyl's Prophecy, printed by Gutenberg two years earlier and known today only from a single page---over the next century were perennial best sellers for many printers, and they provide the modern observer with a unique way to study the history and inner workings of the print medium. The very popularity of these works, often published as affordable booklets, raised fears of social unrest. Printers therefore had to meet customer demand while at the same time channeling readers' reactions along approved paths. Authors were packaged---and packaged themselves---in word and image to respond to the tension, while leading figures of early modern culture such as Paracelsus, Martin Luther, and Sebastian Brant used printed prophecies for their own purposes in a rapidly changing society. Based on a wide reading of many sources, Printing and Prophecy contributes to the study of early modern literature, including how print changed the relationship among authors, readers, and texts. The prophetic and astrological texts the book examines document changes in early modern society that are particularly relevant to German studies and are key texts for understanding the development of science, religion, and popular culture in the early modern period. By combining the methods of cultural studies and book history, this volume brings a new perspective to the study of Gutenberg and later printers.

Astrology and Numerology in Medieval and Early Modern Catalonia

Astrology and Numerology in Medieval and Early Modern Catalonia

Author: John Scott Lucas

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789047402541

Category: History

Page:

View: 509

The Tractat de prenostication de la vida natural dels hòmens, a late fifteenth-century Catalan incunable, offers a fascinating look at medieval forms of prognostication in Catalonia including astrology, numerology, and magic. This critical edition includes an English translation and a Catalan-English glossary.