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Selected Documents on Eschatological Expectations and Social Change around the Year 1000

David C. Van Meter

in The Apocalyptic Year 1000

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780195161625
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849666 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161625.003.0018
Selected Documents on Eschatological Expectations and Social Change around the Year 1000

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This chapter provides a collection of selected documents on eschatological expectations and social change around the year 1000. The documents include apocalyptic expectations. The first document mentions Thietland of Einsiedeln on the binding of Satan for one thousand years in Apocalypse. In the second document, a letter about the Hungarians speaks of widespread millenarian reactions among the population. The third document mentions Abbo of Fleury's description on apocalyptic expectations prior to the year 1000. The fourth document was taken from the Chronicle of the Pseudo-William Godellus. Finally, the fifth document speaks of Richard of St. Vanne's description of the second vision of the otherworld experienced by a monk of St. Vaast in 1012. The other documents deal with signs and wonders, relic delations, public penance, and apocalyptic anxieties.

Keywords: documents; eschatological expectations; social change; year 1000; Apocalypse; signs; wonders; apocalyptic expectations; Richard of St. Vanne; relic delations

Chapter.  4507 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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