Renæssanceforum 15 • 2019

Peter Madsen
Stars, Signs, and Tears: Turkish Threats, Politics, and Apocalyptic Historiography in Sebastian Brant

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Towards the end of Brant's immensely successful Narrenschiff (1494), the Turkish question turns out to be crucial to the organization of the book, as it is to Brant's entire intellectual activity, from shorter poems published as leaflets to the most extensive treatment in his history of Jerusalem. In Narrenschiff he writes about "Moors, Turks and Heathens" doing the Devil's work, and about the Moors and the Turks as a decisive threat against Christianity. "Endchrist" is knocking at the door. His view of the historical situation is impregnated by the apocalyptic tradition.