James Palmer

Early Medieval Futures (from merovingianworld)

Anyone interested in medieval apocalyptic things might also be interested in this post, from last week over on merovingianworld:


It will be very interesting to see what Peter Brown actually makes of the Apocalypse Project!

Apocalypse in the Early Middle Ages: The Book

It has taken a while but it is now agreed that my The Apocalypse in the Early Middle Ages is to published soon by Cambridge University Press. Happily, it seems that the book will come out simultaneously in paperback and hardback. The press have yet to set a release date – there’s some copy-editing needs doing first – but it’s all getting there.


To give a sense of the book’s coverage, here’s the running order:

Introduction: How the World Ends

Debating the Apocalyptic

A Question of Methodology


Chapter One: The End of Civilisation (c. AD 380 – c. AD 575)

The Eschatology of Empire

The Apocalyptic Other vs The Roman Empire

Millenarianism, AD 500, and the First ‘Crisis of the Year 6000’

The Coming Judgement


Chapter Two: The New Urgency (c. AD 550 – c. AD 604)

New Directions under Gregory the Great

Gregory of Tours’ Ecclesia Dei


Chapter Three: The Ends of Time and Space (c. AD 600 – c. AD 735)

Columbanus and the Ends of the Earth

Isidore’s Final Countdown and the Way Back to Millenarianism

The Heretical Bede


Chapter Four: Pseudo-Methodius and the Problem of Evil (c. AD 680 – c. AD 800)

A World Crisis and Pseudo-Methodius

The Early Reception of Petrus Monachus’ Translation

The Moral Use of Apocalypse

Chapter Five: Charlemagne, Pater Europae (c. AD 750 – c. 820)

The Rebirth of Empire

Counting to 6,000 Again

Heresy and the ‘Precursors of Antichrist’


Chapter Six: A Golden Age in Danger (c. AD 820 – c. AD 911)

Accumulated Apocalypticisms

The New Empire

Outsiders of the End Times


Chapter Seven: The Year 1000 and Other Apocalypticisms (c. AD 911 – c. AD 1033)

Counting to 1000

Adso and the Restabilisation of the West

The Rise of the Sibyls

Otto III and Imperial Spirituality

Wulfstan’s England in Crisis

Peace and Revolution in France


The End (c. AD 400-c. AD 1033)

What is the End?


Imperial Apocalyptic

Outsiders, Identity and Reform

Apocalypse and Authority in the Early Middle Ages

New book on Western Apocalyptic

One might as well have ‘news’ on a page like this. So: a new book! Coming out of the Abendländische Apokalyptik (‘Western Apocalyptic’) project at Vienna is a new volume of essays in English and German called Abendländische Apokalyptik: Kompendium zur Genealogie der Endzeit (details here).

In the spirit of genealogy it works backwards from modernity to Late Antiquity. Medieval apocalypse fans (?) will find new essays from me, Peter Darby, Debra Strickland, plus Vienna regulars Veronika Wieser, Clemens Gantner and Richard Corradini. Best of all, the essays collectively address the Big Questions about how apocalypse works as a social dynamic and discourse in ways which continue to open up apocalypse in ‘cultural history’.