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Introduction

  • Jessica A. Boon
  • Eric Knibbs
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Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Abstract

The apocalypse and the apocalyptic were central to premodern Christian discourse. From biblical exegesis to mysticism, from crusade ideology to Marian beliefs that identify her as the Woman of the Sun, from theology to poetry to art, medieval and early modern devotees regardless of gender, education, and type of religious affiliation (laity, priests, monastics, mendicants, beatas) had their daily lives shaped by apocalyptic expectations and eschatological apprehensions. It is thus fitting that in this volume dedicated to E. Ann Matter after her retirement, we bring forth a new collection covering many centuries of apocalyptic thought and culture with many different methodological tools, for this range reflects Matter’s own extraordinary influence and career. The introduction provides an overview of the three main topics of the volume: “Gendering the Apocalypse,” “Apocalyptic Theology and Exegesis,” and “The Eschaton in Political, Liturgical, and Literary Contexts.”

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jessica A. Boon
    • 1
  • Eric Knibbs
    • 2
  1. 1.University of North Carolina—Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  2. 2.Monumenta Germaniae HistoricaMunichGermany

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