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The Apocalyptic Year 1000: Religious Expectation and Social Change, 950-1050

Richard Landes, Andrew Gow, and David C. Van Meter


The chapters in this book challenge prevailing views on the way in which apocalyptic concerns contributed to larger processes of social change at the first millennium. Several basic questions unify the chapters: What chronological and theological assumptions underlay apocalyptic and millennial speculations around the Year 1000? How broadly disseminated were those speculations? Can we speak of a mentality of apocalyptic hopes and anxieties on the eve of the millennium? If so, how did authorities respond to or even contribute to the formation of this mentality? What were the social ramifications ... More

Keywords: social change, first millennium, millennial speculations, Year 1000, hopes, anxieties, authorities

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Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195161625
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161625.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Landes, editor
Boston University
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Andrew Gow, editor
University of Alberta

David C. Van Meter, editor

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I The Apocalyptic Year 1000 in Medieval Thought

5 Avarice and the Apocalypse

Richard Newhauser

Part II The Apocalyptic Year 1000 in Medieval Art and Literature

Part III Historiography of the Apocalyptic Year 1000

Part IV Tools and Sources

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