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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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(p.172) Conclusion
The Empire at the End of Time

Frances Courtney Kneupper

Oxford University Press

In the conclusion, the author considers the relationship of late medieval German prophecies to sixteenth-century events. In particular, she considers the relationship of the prophecies to the Reformation and the German Peasant’s War. She asserts that, while a relationship exists between prophecies and these later events, the creators and consumers of the prophecies were envisioning a quite different kind of reform from what actually occurred. At the same time, she concludes that the sense that the world was ending was in some ways accurate: in the Late Middle Ages old institutions and systems of thought were transforming, as was the media in which ideas were conveyed.

Keywords:   prophecy, Reformation, Peasant’s War, reform, Late Middle Ages

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