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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: 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
Subjects: C - Church History
College/Association with University of Divinity: YTU: Yarra Theological Union
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2015 02:51
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2015 02:51
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1838

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