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In a period of four hundred years the visual expressions of death and the fall of man underwent very considerable change. It may be said that the view of sin changed from a social and political position to a highly personal search for salvation: death shifted from a generic and eschatological concept to the physical death of an individual. The sporadic character and geographically restricted areas of the manuscripts with miniatures of the fall and personifications of death in the period from c. 800 to c. 1100 have major consequences. The Anglo-Saxon fall miniatures display an austere and pessimistic view of sin and death. The miniatures show an ever closer connection between Eve and sin. A female death was very appropriate: she represented nature, the world and the body.

Keywords: Anglo-Saxon fall miniatures; Eve; female death; salvation

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