International Medieval Research 9

Front cover, IMR 9 - Click to enlargeTime and Eternity: The Medieval Discourse
Edited by Gerhard Jaritz and Gerson Moreno-Riaño

This volume is composed of selected papers from the main strand 'Time and Eternity' at the seventh International Medieval Congress held in July 2000. It attests to the fact that the medieval experience of time and eternity was rich and complex, and that its investigation is open to various approaches and methods. Time and (the possibility or impossibility of) its beginning and its end were frontiers to be explored and to be understood.

To make the reader more familiar with the field of study, the volume begins with Wesley Stevens's plenary address 'A Present Sense of Things Past: Quid est enim tempus?', a stimulating introduction not only with regard to some of the basic problems in conceptualizing the nature of time but also to the dating of historical events and the use of calendars for that purpose.

Following Stevens's essay, the volume is organised into seven broader themes covering a variety of questions and trying to offer new insights into the medieval perception and constructions of time. They deal with the computation of time and the use of calendars; Jewish concepts of time and redemption; Christian philosophies of eternity and time; monastic and clerical conceptions; literary representations; time and art; and apocalyptic expectations. This volume's selection of authors is international in scope and represents some of the leading current scholarship in the field. It proves that we still 'thirst to know the power and the nature of time' (St Augustine).

Articles in this volume include:

  • Time and Eternity: Where Doubt Continues to Exist, by Gerhard Jaritz and Gerson Moreno-Riaño
  • The Emergence of Anno Domini, by Daniel P. McCarthy
  • 'Sexta aetas continet annos praeteritos DCCVIIII' (Bede, De temporibus, 22): A Scribal Error?, by Masako Ohashi
  • Abbo of Fleury and the Computational Accuracy of the Christian Era, by Peter Verbist
  • The Influence of Bede's De temporum ratione on Ælfric's Understanding of Time, by Aaron J. Kleist
  • Coping with Conflict: Lunar and Solar Cycles in the Liturgical Calendars, by Joyce Hill
  • L'importance du calendrier dans le roman de Flamenca, by Ute Limacher-Riebold
  • The Rabbinic Concept of Time from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages, by Sacha Stern
  • Time and Cosmology in Late Medieval Jewish Philosophy, by T. M. Rudavsky
  • Cresca's Concept of Time, by Hyam Maccoby
  • Prophecy and Redemption: Messianic Expectation in Nahmanides' Sefer ha-Ge'ulah, by Nina Caputo
  • Interpreting Eternity in Thomas Aquinas, by Harm Goris
  • History and Everlastingness in Hugh of St Victor's Figures of Noah's Ark, by John A. H. Lewis
  • The Understanding of Time and Eternity in the Philosophy of Magister and John Hus, by Jozef Matula
  • Timeless Time: Dramatical Eternity in the Monastery under Bernard of Clairvaux, by Wim Verball
  • The Continuum of Tîme and Eternity in the Liber specialis gratiae of Mechtild of Hackeborn (1241-99), by Ann M. Carron
  • Life-Cycle and Life-Course in a Clerical and Celibate Milieu: Northern England in the Later Middle Ages, by P. H. Cullum
  • The Sea as an Image of Temporality among Tuscan Dominicans and Humanists in the Fourteenth Century, by Timothy Kircher
  • Going Round in Circles? Time and the Old English Apollonius of Tyre, by Philippa J. Semper
  • The Psychedelic Transmogrification of the Soul in Vercelli Homily IV, by Thomas N. Hall
  • Time and Eternity in the Anglo-Saxon Elegies, by John Dennis Grosskopf
  • Discourse and Ideology in the Old English 'The Wanderer': Time and Eternity, by Juan Camilo Conde-Silvestre
  • Body and Soul: Pearl and Apocalyptic Literature, by Cynthia Kraman
  • The Significance of Time Referents in Lydgate's Work, by Karen Smyth
  • In Zeit und im Angesucht der Ewigkeit. Lavinia und Aeneas: eine dauernde Liebe mit weitreichenden Folgen, by Maria E. Dorninger
  • When Space is Time. The Rhetoric of Eternity: Hierarchy and Narrative in Medieval and Renaissance Art, by Peter Nesteruk
  • 'Fiat Lux': Iconology and Theology of Time in Medieval Catalonia, by Alfons Puigarnau
  • Picturing Time in Bartholomew's Encyclopaedia on the Properties of Things, by Sue Ellen Holbrook
  • God's Time? Purgatory and Temporality in Late Medieval Art, by Robert Mills
  • The Final Countdown: Apocalyptic Expectations in Anglo-Saxon Charters, by Rolf H. Bremmer Jr.
  • Astrology and the Antichrist in the Late Middle Ages, by Hilary M. Carey