The Roman Monster: An Icon of the Papal Antichrist In Reformation Polemics (Early Modern Studies, Vol. 13) (Early Modern Studies (Truman State Univ Pr))

The Roman Monster: An Icon of the Papal Antichrist In Reformation Polemics (Early Modern Studies, Vol. 13) (Early Modern Studies (Truman State Univ Pr))

Lawrence P. Buck


In December 1495 the Tiber River flooded the town of Rome inflicting broad drowning and destruction. whilst the water eventually receded, a rumor started to move gruesome monstrosity were chanced on within the muddy detritus the Roman monster. The creature itself is inherently attention-grabbing, along with an eclectic mixture of human and animal physique components. The symbolism of those components, the interpretations that spiritual controversialists learn into them, and the historical past of the picture itself, aid to record antipapal polemics from fifteenth-century Rome to the Elizabethan non secular cost. This learn examines the iconography of clone of the Roman monster and gives ideological purposes for associating the picture with the pre-Reformation Waldensians and Bohemian Brethren. It money owed for the replica and survival of the monster's photo in fifteenth-century Bohemia and gives old history at the topos of the papal Antichrist, an idea that Philip Melanchthon linked to the monster. It contextualizes Melanchthon's tract, 'The Pope-Ass Explained,' in the first 5 years of the Lutheran move, and it records the recognition of the Roman monster in the polemical and apocalyptic writings of the Reformation. it is a cautious exam and interpretation of all correct fundamental files and secondary historic literature in telling the tale of the origins and influence of the main recognized titanic portent of the Reformation period.

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