Is the old man in the Pardoner’s Tale “Death” personified? The Pardoner’s tale is from the Canterbury Tales. In the Pardoner’s Tale, three idiots swear an oath to kill Death. Continue reading “An Appearance by Death… Maybe”
The two pieces of late medieval literature, The Song of Roland and Little Flowers, seem to provide virtually no guidance as to how a typical Christian should live. The Song of Roland fictionalizes a war in Spain against Muslims. Little Flowers tells about St. Francis of Assisi and the orders he founded. Continue reading “Useless Literature for 1300’s Christians”
Did the Little Flowers provide the common man with confidence about his own life beyond the grave?
Little Flowers is about St. Francis of Assisi and the orders he founded. It was written in 1390. Little Flowers gave absolutely no confidence about the afterlife to anyone. Continue reading “The Afterlife”
If you had been listening to these stories (from Little Flowers) in 1300, what would you have concluded from them is the way to gain eternal life?
The book Little Flowers is a series of stories following the Friars Minor (an order led by St. Francis of Assisi). Most of these stories focus on suffering and how it’s great. Continue reading “Perfect Suffering”