Date of Award

3-2020

Document Type

Union College Only

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

History

Second Department

Studio Fine Arts

First Advisor

Steven Sargent

Second Advisor

Chris Duncan

Keywords

Black Death, Plague, 1347

Abstract

This thesis examines how plague votives played a pivotal role in helping people cope with the epidemiological crisis known as the Black Death. With medical science powerless, people turned to religion for answers and support. This was expressed through devotion and prayers to sacred beings who might intercede on their behalf and save them. To facilitate these pleas, a new art form in various media was developed that contained plague related themes and previously existing religious subjects and motifs concerning death.

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