The Antichrist and the Fifteen Signs of Doomsday was a popular block book of the fifteenth century. Not only does it outline the countdown to the end of the world but also shows the Antichrist performing wonderful miracles. The miracles do not happen through divine help, but through magic and alchemy that the Antichrist learned from evil magicians. What were these miracles and why do they not appear anywhere but in this book? The exploration of this question leads to a search for how apocalyptic texts were used in the fifteenth century and the origins of the Antichrist’s miracles.
Source of Picture: Musper, Heinrich Theodor, ed. Der Antichrist Und Die Fünfzehn Zeichen. Faksimile Ausgabe Des Einzig Erhaltenen Chiroxylographischen Blockbuches. Vol. 1. München: Prestel, 1970.
Tuesday, November 26 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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