St Omer Psalter

Description

The Last Judgement was believed to be the moment at the end of time when souls would leave Purgatory and be transferred either to Heaven or Hell for eternity. Fear of the Last Judgement, exemplified by illustrations within biblical manuscripts, would have encouraged medieval Christians to live more virtuous lives. As depicted here, God was often illustrated seated on a rainbow whilst the dead are shown leaving their graves, summoned by angels, to face the final judgement of their souls.

Full title:
St Omer Psalter
Created:
c. 1330, East England, probably Mulbarton
Format:
Manuscript
Language:
Latin
Usage terms

Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.

Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Yates Thompson MS 14

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