2014 looks like being a good year for scholarship on medieval apocalyptic themes. Already we’ve had Levi Roach‘s essay on ‘Otto III and the End of Time‘, which he wrote as the Alexander Prize Winner in 2013. That saw Dr Roach looking afresh at the Western emperor in the Year 1000 to conclude that there was probably more to the idea that he was interested in apocalyptic things than some – notably here Gerd Althoff – have thought. He has more on apocalypse around the Year 1000 forthcoming, notably an article in the journal English Studies.
In a different vein, Anke Holdenried has recently published an article in The Mediaeval Journal reassessing the Tiburtine Sibyl, a text she had already done good work with in her first book. ‘Many Hand Without Design‘ argues that we have multiple layers of composition in the text as it survives (from the 1040s), which means that it is difficult to reconstruct ‘what it meant’ because its meanings were multiple. (Note: although the linked text is behind a paywall, if you google it, you should find Dr Holdenried’s pre-publication version in Bristol’s Open Access archive).
For a broader perspective on medieval apocalyptic thought and its relatives, one might also note the Festschrift for Daniel Callahan, Where Heaven and Earth Meet, edited by Matt Gabriele, Michael Frassetto and John Hosler. Not all of the essay directly pertain to apocalyptic things, but it does include one by Callahan himself on Ademar of Chabannes (d. 1033/4) and Antichrist which the editors ‘rescued’ from oblivion.