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.
Heresy and the English
(Bogomil-Cathar Influence on
Langland and Milton). McFarland
Publishers. Jefferson, North Carolina, and
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
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.