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The Conceptualization And Imagery Of The Great Schism

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This chapter presents a number of different conceptualizations and images of the Schism that will help us understand how medieval writers, both clerical and lay, thought about the Schism and what they proposed should be done about this problem. It first considers texts that present the Schism as a drama. Next, the chapter looks at conceptualizations of the Schism as disgrace or violence resulting in a wound inflicted upon the Church. It then analyzes the concept of the Schism as an illness of the Church and also explores the idea of the Church as monster. Finally, the chapter briefly considers the link of the Schism to natural disasters and the end of times as well as to the coming of the Antichrist.

Keywords: Church; divine revelation; drama; gendered violence; medieval writers; Schism



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