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The pursuit of the millennium : revolutionary millenarians and mystical anarchists of the Middle Ages

Author: Norman Cohn
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1970.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Rev. and expanded edView all editions and formats
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The end of the millennium has always held the world in fear of earthquakes, plague, and the catastrophic destruction of the world. At the dawn of the 21st millennium the world is still experiencing these anxieties, as seen by the onslaught of fantasies of renewal, doomsday predictions, and New Age prophecies. This fascinating book explores the millenarianism that flourished in western Europe between the eleventh and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Cohn, Norman, 1915-2007.
Pursuit of the millennium.
New York, Oxford University Press, 1970
(DLC) 79012811
(OCoLC)75726
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Norman Cohn
ISBN: 9780198020028 0198020023
OCLC Number: 654103877
Description: 1 online resource (412 pages) : illustrations, portrait
Contents: Foreword --
Introduction: the scope of this book --
1. The tradition of apocalyptic prophecy --
Jewish and early Christian apocalyptic --
The apocalyptic tradition in medieval Europe --
2. The tradition of religious dissent --
The ideal of the apostolic life --
Some early messiahs --
3. The Messianism of the disoriented poor --
The impact of rapid social change --
The poor in the first crusades --
4. The saints against the hosts of Antichrist --
Saviours in the Last Days --
The demonic hosts --
Phantasy, anxiety, and social myth --
5. In the backwash of the Crusades --
The Pseudo-Baldwin and the "Master of Hungary" --
The last crusades of the poor --
6. The Emperor Frederick as messiah --
Joachite prophecy and Frederick II --
The resurrection of Frederick --
Manifestoes for a future Frederick --
7. An elite of self-immolating redeemers --
The genesis of the flagellant movement --
Revolutionary flagellants --
The secret flagellants of Thuringia --
8. An elite of amoral supermen (I) --
The heresy of the Free Spirit --
The Amaurians --
The sociology of the Free Spirit --
9. An elite of amoral supermen (II) --
The spread of the movement --
The way to self-deification --
The doctrine of mystical anarchism --
10. The egalitarian state of nature --
In the thought of antiquity --
In patristic and medieval thought --
11. The egalitarian millennium (I) --
Marginalia to the English Peasants' Revolt --
The Taborite Apocalypse --
Anarcho-communism in Bohemia --
12. The egalitarian millennium (II) --
The drummer of Niklashausen --
Thomas Müntzer --
13. The egalitarian millennium (III) --
Anabaptism and social unrest --
Münster as the New Jerusalem --
The messianic reign of John of Leyden --
Conclusion --
Appendix: The "Free Spirit" in Cromwell's England: the Ranters and their literature.
Responsibility: Norman Cohn.

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The end of the millennium has always held the world in fear of earthquakes, plague, and the catastrophic destruction of the world. At the dawn of the 21st millennium the world is still experiencing these anxieties, as seen by the onslaught of fantasies of renewal, doomsday predictions, and New Age prophecies. This fascinating book explores the millenarianism that flourished in western Europe between the eleventh and sixteenth centuries. Covering the full range of revolutionary and anarchic sects and movements in medieval Europe, Cohn demonstrates how prophecies of a final struggle between the.

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