Abbot Joachim of Fiore and Joachimism: Selected Articles, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Abbot Joachim of Fiore and Joachimism

Selected Articles, 1st Edition

By E. Randolph Daniel


374 pages

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In the articles included in this collection, Professor Daniel argues that Abbot Joachim of Fiore was a disciple of Bernard of Clairvaux whose tertius status was reformist, not millenialist. Like the other reformists, Gerhoch of Reichersberg and Hildegard of Bingen, Joachim looked forward to the coming of a thoroughly reformed, holy church to be achieved in the near future by reform of the episcopate and the clergy. The status of the Holy Spirit was the culmination of the preceding status, not a radically new beginning. Apocalypticism in both its reformist and in its imperialist versions was part of the mainstream, despite the efforts of the schoolmen to suppress it. The author also sheds significant new light on apocalyptic thinking in the mid-fourteenth century with a thorough analysis of Henry of Kirkstede's vade mecum, Cambridge Corpus Christi 404 and his first edition of Henry's De antichristo et de fine mundi. This study, and three others, are published here for the first time.


'… includes a substantial amount of research on medieval apocalypticism and is a good resource for scholars of the medieval church.' Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Joachim of Fiore: new editions and studies; The double procession of the Holy Spirit in Joachim of Fiore's understanding of history; Abbot Joachim of Fiore: the De ultimis tribultationibus; Joachim of Fiore: patterns of history in the Apocalypse; A new understanding of Joachim: the concords, the exile and the exodus; Abbot Joachim of Fiore and the conversion of the Jews; Double Antichrists or antichrists: Abbot Joachim of Fiore; Heresy and Abbot Joachim of Fiore; A re-examination of the origins of Franciscan Joachitism; The manuscripts of the Liber de Concordia and early Joachimism; Apocalyptic conversion: the Joachite alternative to the crusades; Reformist apocalypticism and the Friars Minor; Reformers or revolutionaries? Sabatier, Francis and Joachim; St Bonaventure's debt to Joachim; Symbol or model? St Bonaventure's use of St Francis; English Joachimism, 1300-1500: the Columbinus prophecy (with Kathryn Kerby-Fulton); Henry of Kirkstede's De antichristo et de fine mundi; Medieval apocalypticism, millennialism and violence; Index.

About the Author

E. Randolph Daniel is a is professor emeritus of the University of Kentucky, where he taught Medieval History.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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RELIGION / History