The Pursuit of the Millennium: Revolutionary Millenarians and Mystical Anarchists of the Middle Ages

The Pursuit of the Millennium: Revolutionary Millenarians and Mystical Anarchists of the Middle Ages

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By (author) Norman Cohn

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 201mm x 20mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 16 April 1992
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0195004566
  • ISBN 13: 9780195004564
  • Edition: Revised
  • Edition statement: Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 8pp halftones
  • Sales rank: 629,244

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The Middle Ages inherited from antiquity a tradition of prophecy and gave it new life. This tradition foretold a millennium in which humanity would enjoy a new paradise on earth, free from suffering and sin. This is the story of those millenarian fanaticisms, and points to their persistence in the modern era.

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Norman Cohn held the Astor-Wolfson Chair at the University of Sussex until his retirement in 1980. He is the author of Warrant for Genocide, for which he received the Anisfield Wolf Award in Race Relations.

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compelling and original Bettany Hughes The Times

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This fascinating book explores the millenarianism that flourished in Western Europe between the eleventh and sixteenth centuries.