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The relevance of the “death desired” as visualised in fifteenth century Books of Hours to the “good death” of contemporary palliative care

Flynn, Eleanor Mary (2014) The relevance of the “death desired” as visualised in fifteenth century Books of Hours to the “good death” of contemporary palliative care. Master of Arts (minor thesis) thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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    Abstract

    An exploration of the representation of the “Death Desired” in Late Medieval Books of Hours with possible connections to the “Good Death” of modern Palliative Care. The illuminations accompanying the text of the Office of the Dead from fifteenth century French and Flemish Books of Hours depict the role of religious rituals in framing the experience of Late Medieval death where Purgatory was an accepted belief. Late Medieval culture was very visual with the users of Books of Hours able to “read” the prompts to pray for the dead and the demonstration of the appropriate performance of rituals. The use of images to underscore the importance of ritual and the concept of liminality for the dying and the bereaved provides potential discussion points for modern Palliative Care practice.

    Item Type: Theses (Master of Arts (minor thesis))
    Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
    Keywords (separated by commas): Books of Hours, Illuminations, Office of the Dead, Death, Heaven, Ritual, Purgatory, Emotion, Liminality, Palliative Care
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
    Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
    Subject Area(s): C - Church History
    Association with University of Divinity: YTU: Yarra Theological Union
    Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
    Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2015 12:51
    Last Modified: 28 Jul 2015 12:51
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1838

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