Apr 20, 2021
The Strange and Terrible Visions of Wilhelm Friess: The Paths of Prophecy in Reformation Europe
Posted by Jonathan Green

Although nearly forgotten today, the prophetic writing of Wilhelm Friess was the most popular work of its kind in Germany in the second half of the sixteenth century While the author Wilhelm Friess was a convenient fiction, his text had a long and remarkable history as it moved from the papal court in fourteenth century Avignon, to Antwerp under Habsburg oppression, toAlthough nearly forgotten today, the prophetic writing of Wilhelm Friess was the most popular work of its kind in Germany in the second half of the sixteenth century While the author Wilhelm Friess was a convenient fiction, his text had a long and remarkable history as it moved from the papal court in fourteenth century Avignon, to Antwerp under Habsburg oppression, to Nuremberg as it was still reeling from Lutheran failures in the Schmalkaldic War, and then back to Antwerp at the outbreak of the Dutch revolt Dutch scholars have recognized that Frans Fraet was executed for printing a prognostication by Willem de Vriese, but this prognostication was thought to be lost A few scholars of sixteenth century German apocalypticism have briefly noted the prophecies of Wilhelm Friess but have not studied them in depth The Strange and Terrible Visions of Wilhelm Friess is the first to connect de Vriese and Friess, as well as recognize the prophecy of Wilhelm Friess as an adaptation of a French version of theVademecum of Johannes de Rupescissa, making these pamphlets by far the most widespread source for Rupescissa s apocalyptic thought in Reformation Germany The book explains the connection between the first and second prophecies of Wilhelm Friess and discovers the Calvinist context of the second prophecy and its connection to Johann Fischart, one of the most important German writers of the time.Jonathan Green provi

  • Title: The Strange and Terrible Visions of Wilhelm Friess: The Paths of Prophecy in Reformation Europe
  • Author: Jonathan Green
  • ISBN: 9780472119219
  • Page: 102
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Strange and Terrible Visions of Wilhelm Friess The Paths of Prophecy in Reformation Europe Although nearly forgotten today the prophetic writing of Wilhelm Friess was the most popular work of its kind in Germany in the second half of the sixteenth century While the author Wilhelm Friess wa


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