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The Empire at the End of TimeIdentity and Reform in Late Medieval German Prophecy$
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Frances Courtney Kneupper

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190279363

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190279363.001.0001

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The Gamaleon Prophecy

The Gamaleon Prophecy

(p.41) Chapter 2 The Gamaleon Prophecy
The Empire at the End of Time

Frances Courtney Kneupper

Oxford University Press

The Gamaleon prophecy (named for the pseudonym of its author) offers a detailed narrative centered on two interconnected enmities: that between Germans and Romance Europe, and that between the Empire and the Roman Curia. The prophecy hinges on a conflict over the imperial crown between a villainous emperor of the south and a righteous emperor of the Germans. The elected German emperor achieves victory, subdues Romance Europe, reduces Rome to poverty, and seizes control of the Church. Thus, the prophecy exposes the way that resentment of the Curia could take on nationalist dimensions, and the reform of the Church could be viewed as an imperial cause.

Keywords:   Empire, Roman Curia, Gamaleon prophecy, nationalism, prophecy, imperial crown

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