DUALIST MASTERPIECES

ACCORDING THE DUALISTS (BOGOMILS, CATHARS AND LOLLARDS) CHRIST FREES ALL SOULS FROM THE HELL

Boyana Church  Albani Psalter 

Christ leads the souls away from hell.Mural painting from the Boyana Church, 13th century. The Bulgarian art critic Kiril Krustev is convinced that the anonymous Boyana artist was under the influence of Bogomil ideas. The salvation of all souls is emphasized by Avel with a shephard’s stick (visible to the left ), among other descendants of Adam. Photo: Vl. Vitanov. More information in Heresy and the English Reformation (Bogomil-Cathar Influence on Wycliffe,  Tyndale, Langland and Milton).  McFarland Publishers. Jefferson, North Carolina, and London. 2007, p.p. 105-118. 

 

The photograph shows a miniature from the St. Albans Psalter (Albani Psalter). As one can see here Christ saves all souls – “out of helle mennes souls” to quote The Vision of Piers Plowman (Passus XVIII, l. 373). The Psalter was created possibly between 1123 and 1135 at St. Albans Abbey near London. We are very grateful for this high quality reproduction provided personally by Dr. Helmar Härtel from the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel, where the St. Albans Psalter had been kept.

Both compositions correspond to the apocryphal Gospel of Nicodemus extensively used by the Dualists.

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