Manuals on Ars boni moriendi in the GDL


In the Late Middle Ages, the prevalence of apocalyptic mood in Western Europe became more increasingly pronounced. Manifestations of anticipation for the Last Judgement could be observed, with abundant literary descriptions of this very old subject in history and its portrayals in art. Such apocalyptic trends were influenced by the outbreak of plague in the mid-14th century, the so-called Black Death, devastating Europe, with a death toll of almost one third of its population.

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