Demons fall into Hell

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    Medieval demons were often described as having furry bodies, cloven hooves, leathery wings, and faces in strange places. They tried tirelessly to tempt and harm their innocent victims. According to medieval Christian belief, these creatures were fallen angels, whose dark, hairy, winged bodies were a twisted version of the angelic form. Though not always visible, they were believed to be ever-present. This diagram of the universe in a 14th century Book of Hours shows these demons raining down from heaven towards Satan, who is bound in chains below the stars. Books of hours were popular medieval texts that included prayers, psalms and often beautiful illustrations.

     

    Shelfmark: Egerton 2781 f.1v, c

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