'Prophecy and Empire I-V'

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The aim of these 5 sessions is to investigate how imperial and prophetic traditions interlinked in the medieval period (c. 500-1500). Topics include: • Classical and Christian prophecy/empire • Non-European traditions of 'prophecy' and 'empire' • Emperors/rulers as sponsors of prophecy • The medieval legend of the Last Emperor: its development and adaptation to various contexts throughout Christendom, East and West • 'Informal' empires: how Latin and vernacular texts use prophecy to construct rulership and to comment on the aspirations of specific rulers or dynasties • Non-biblical traditions of prognostication, for example astrological predictions concerning the fate of different medieval realms and that of their enemies • The interdependency of 'prophecy' and 'empire' in medieval visual and material culture • Approaches to 'Prophecy and Empire' in modern historiography
Period7 Jul 201410 Jul 2015
Event typeConference
LocationLeeds, United KingdomShow on map