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Medieval Eschatology Research Paper

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Eschatology was undeniably a preoccupation of the Medieval epoch. This was a period of revived macabre and Memento mori; the world, according to John of Patmos, was in last and final stage. Yet, there was nothing new about this apocalypticism; judgement had always been a common fixture in the Christian psyche, as Fredrickson asserts: ‘Christianity began with the announcement that time and history were about to end.’ What marked the Middle Ages as a transitional period in terms of eschatological thought, was an evolution in theological discourse regarding death. From the eleventh century, Purgatory, combined with the teachings of Church Fathers like Augustine of Hippo, fostered a resolve to immanentize salvation within the soul, marking a notable
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