Prophecy, Alchemy, and the End of Time: John of Rupescissa in the Late Middle Ages

Prophecy, Alchemy, and the End of Time: John of Rupescissa in the Late Middle Ages

Leah DeVun / Jan 17, 2020

Prophecy Alchemy and the End of Time John of Rupescissa in the Late Middle Ages In the middle of the fourteenth century the Franciscan friar John of Rupescissa sent a dramatic warning to his followers the last days were coming the apocalypse was near Deemed insane by the Christi

  • Title: Prophecy, Alchemy, and the End of Time: John of Rupescissa in the Late Middle Ages
  • Author: Leah DeVun
  • ISBN: 9780231145381
  • Page: 382
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the middle of the fourteenth century, the Franciscan friar John of Rupescissa sent a dramatic warning to his followers the last days were coming the apocalypse was near Deemed insane by the Christian church, Rupescissa had spent than a decade confined to prisons in one case wrapped in chains and locked under a staircase yet ill treatment could not silence theIn the middle of the fourteenth century, the Franciscan friar John of Rupescissa sent a dramatic warning to his followers the last days were coming the apocalypse was near Deemed insane by the Christian church, Rupescissa had spent than a decade confined to prisons in one case wrapped in chains and locked under a staircase yet ill treatment could not silence the friar s apocalyptic message.Religious figures who preached the end times were hardly rare in the late Middle Ages, but Rupescissa s teachings were unique He claimed that knowledge of the natural world, and alchemy in particular, could act as a defense against the plagues and wars of the last days His melding of apocalyptic prophecy and quasi scientific inquiry gave rise to a new genre of alchemical writing and a novel cosmology of heaven and earth Most important, the friar s research represented a remarkable convergence between science and religion.In order to understand scientific knowledge today, Leah DeVun asks that we revisit Rupescissa s life and the critical events of his age the Black Death, the Hundred Years War, the Avignon Papacy through his eyes Rupescissa treated alchemy as medicine his work was the conceptual forerunner of pharmacology and represented the emerging technologies and views that sought to combat famine, plague, religious persecution, and war The advances he pioneered, along with the exciting strides made by his contemporaries, shed critical light on later developments in medicine, pharmacology, and chemistry.

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    1. If John of Rupescissa didn't exist, I'd probably have eventually invented him in some kind of weird medieval history equivalent of fan fiction. He manages to push all my history geek buttons at once: he's a 14th century apocalyptic preacher, he fell in with the descendants of the Spiritual Franciscans, and he decided that these endeavors could be best served by doing some hardcore science, predominantly in the wackier end of the alchemical spectrum. The pope, sitting in Avignon just before the G [...]


    2. It was an interesting read, but because I had to read it for school and quickly I don't think I got as much out of it as it had to offer. Will most likely go back and read again.


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