Mortuary rolls would be used to announce the deaths of well-known or important religious people, such as Lucy who was the first prioress of the Benedictine nunnery of Hedingham in Essex. This announcement would be taken around local communities asking for prayers to be said for the deceased. In this illustration, Lucy’s soul is being carried to Heaven by angels demonstrating that she has led a good, religious life and will be rewarded in the afterlife.
- 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.