(Lat. art of dying [well]). Type of devotional book that became popular in 15th c., largely under Franciscan and Dominican influence; designed to prepare Christians for a happy death. Best known is the Ars moriendi of Jean de Gerson. Related to this literature are the Dances of Death that about the same time became popular motifs in ch. decoration, MS illumination, and early printed books like Chorea ab eximio macabro versibus alemanicis edita (Paris. Guido Mercator pro Godeffredo de Marnef, 1490). A well-known 17th-c. Eng. parallel is J. Taylor's The Rule and Exercise of Holy Dying.
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