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. In several instances, Little Flowers shows that (for the time) the Franciscan monks would be considered extremely holy, yet in three or four places it claims that most of the monks are destined for purgatory. In one place, it goes so far as to say that most of the monks are destined for hell. If the most holy people are destined for purgatory or worse, then the common man would almost certainly be destined for suffering in the afterlife.