a medieval minute: the Devil

Arundel 484, f.245
devil3Satan was a common image in the medieval world, vividly depicted in medieval art oftentimes with horns, a tail, and a goat’s hindquarters. Since the Devil is not described in the Bible, artists based their ideas on pagan gods such as Pan. Sometimes the Devil is seen with batwings and faces on his body. He was a shapeshifter, and he always appears to be male! The medieval illustrations were meant to warn the faithful. Unless they avoided temptation, they would suffer the torments of the damned in hell. Satan was always waiting to snatch you away.

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I love history and I love writing. I've been working on an historical novel about a medieval viscountess, Ermengarde of Narbonne since 2009. It has been quite a journey and the journey isn't over. Previously I written 6 historical novels for kids, but this is a new challenge.
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