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Antichrist Goes To The University: The De Victoria Christi Contra Antichristum Of Hugo De Novocastro, OFM (1315/1319)

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A persistent tradition makes Hugo de Novocastro an Englishman. Hugo wrote De victoria Christi contra Antichristum in 1315 and merely added two chapters to it in 1319. Josep Perarnau places Hugos De victoria Christi contra Antichristum in the context of five scholastic compositions that raise the question of whether it is possible to determine the time of Antichrists coming and the end of the world. The five compositions he mentions by Peter of Auvergne, John of Paris, OP, Nicholas of Lyra, OFM, Gui Terrena, O. Carm., and Henry of Harclay - were all responding to Arnald of Villanovas calculations. Hugos commitment to the value of inquiring into the time of last things is demonstrated by the fact that he immediately exhibited two relevant conjectures: the Pseudo-Joachite treatise De semine scripturarum, and the prophetic reckonings of Brother Columbinus.

Keywords: De victoria Christi contra Antichristum; De victoria Christi contra Antichristum; Gui Terrena; Henry; Hugo de Novocastro; John; Josep Perarnau; Nicholas; OFM; Peter



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