By Christopher Daniell
Dying had a massive and pervasive presence within the center a long time. It was once a topic in medieval public lifestyles, discovering expression either in literature and artwork. The ideals and approaches accompanying dying have been either advanced and fascinating.Christopher Daniell's appproach to this topic is rare 1n bringing jointly wisdom accrued from ancient, archaeological and literary assets. The booklet comprises the very most up-to-date study, either one of the writer and of others operating during this region. the result's a finished and bright photograph of the complete phenomenon of medieval loss of life and burial.
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450). Lyndwood, the fifteenth-century author of sermons, adds that people should be told to follow the sacrament with ‘bowed heads, devotion of heart, and uplifted hands’. They were to be taught also to use a set form of prayer as the priest passed, for example: ‘Hail! Light of the world, Word of the Father, true Victim, Living Flesh, true God and true Man. Hail! flesh of Christ, which has suffered for me! ’ (Gasquet 1907:205–6). On the return journey, should the sacrament have been consumed, the light was to be extinguished.
When Archbishop Anselm was on the ‘point of death,…he was lifted from his bed onto sackcloth and ashes’ (Southern 1979: 143). After death the Cluniac community went to the Lady Chapel and sang Vespers for the dead followed by Matins, followed by the collect 28 FROM DEATH-BED TO REMEMBRANCE Omnipotens sempiterne Deus. Bells were then rung, and a second cross, holy water, lights and incense were carried to the body. The body was washed and then clothed in a hair-shirt and hooded habit, and placed on a bier by those of equal standing in the community.
The angels were armed ‘for that by help of them good men been often secured and defended in war and in battle of body and of soul’ (Trevisa 1938:479). Although the immediate battle after the soul had left the body was artistically easy to illustrate, in reality the precise moment of death was not always easy to determine. There were several factors which complicated this. The first was the miracle stories attributed to saints who brought people back to life after they had died: these were ultimately derived from the biblical example of Lazarus (see Chapter 3).
Death and Burial in Medieval England 1066-1550 by Christopher Daniell