Music was a key aspect of religious life and was a significant feature of medieval funerals, as depicted in this Book of Hours. Choral singing, here sung from books rather than memory, was thought to help elevate the soul towards Heaven as well as easing the grief of those attending the funeral.
- Article by:
- Alixe Bovey
Art, music and literature blossomed in the Middle Ages, as evidenced by the wealth of sources in the British Library’s collections. Dr Alixe Bovey explores the evolution of art and culture in the Middle Ages.