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Mankind has always sought ways to avoid death: in almost every society there has been a belief that man was made for a happy, pain-free and eternal existence, and that something occurred to prevent man fulfilling this destiny. This is the introductory chapter of the book, which examines how ideas of sin, and its corollary, death, were viewed in the period 800 to 1200, a time when many ideas changed and took on forms that are still discernable today, and remnants can still be found in attitudes and assumptions that western society takes for granted. It aims to discover how attitudes changed, and the context of these changes. A period of four hundred years covers a great many miniatures. The chapter presents an overview of how other chapters of the book are organised.

Keywords: death; miniatures; western society

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