The importance of Roundels unrevised

Gather that medieval christians believed that making

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gather that medieval Christians believed that making a scene whiter makes it purer, and that using earthier tones can make it more despicable. These roundels were made and used by holy men or women attempting to teach the medieval peasantry about the christian faith. The lesson of the first roundel is a simple one; obey the laws of Christianity of suffer a fate similar to those shown. It was a scare tactic pure and simple, the monsters are designed to be as repugnant and terrifying as possible so that all people
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would strive to avoid being forced to face them personally. The second roundel is meant to give the people a physical object to focus their worship upon. They can look to the image and see an actual representation of the divinity that they have been told exists. Mary's halo, the pure white, the magnificent gold, this is what medieval peasants worshiped this is what they held sacred. These two roundels might show wildly different scenes but they were both used for the same purpose; to keep Christians behaving as they should. The first through a dire warning, namely to stay on the straight and narrow or burn. The second roundel shows what could be if one follows the path of a true Christian. Alabaster halls, the divine presence, and golden light await those that stay true to Christ. This two prong assault on the peasantry had been employed by the church from its inception. Impress upon the goodly the rewards that their actions will bring and impress upon the sinners the punishment that their actions warrant. A typical person might not fear hell, believing that they have been good enough to avoid the fires but the promise of divine reward may galvanize them to new heights of purity. Likewise a more corrupt soul might think Heaven out of reach but would strive harder to avoid eternal damnation. Pieces of art like these two roundels are invaluable to historians studying the middles ages because of the valuable information that they reveal about the society that created them.
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