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Blessed John Soreth and Liège: A Collection of Sermons from 1451

Blessed John Soreth and Liège: A Collection of Sermons from 1451

Dieterich, D. Henry

Fifteenth Century Studies v. 11 (1985)

Abstract

Not every prophet lives to see his words come true. In the fifteenth century, Savonarola’s “gladius domini super terram cito et velociter” comes to mind, but the peril of French invasion was in view when Fra Girolamo uttered his prophecy. Savonarola’s welcome of the French invasion as an occasion to transform the city of Florence is well known, as is the ultimate fate of his virtuous republic. In the case of Blessed John Soreth and Liège, we have a different example: a prophecy of disaster in a time of peace, and a prophet who tried to prevent its being fulfilled.

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