In order to avoid Purgatory, often described as a prison for the soul in between Heaven and Hell, people would pay for extra prayers to be spoken at their funeral, and, if they could afford it, on the anniversaries of their death. In addition It was essential that the body was buried in consecrated ground, typically in the parish cemetery or church, with heretics or those who committed suicide, being denied this privilege.
- Article by:
- Alixe Bovey
Images of the afterlife dominate illuminated manuscripts, paintings, sculptures and literature in the Middle Ages. Dr Alixe Bovey examines how ideas of Heaven, Hell and Purgatory impacted on everday life.