When the Rich Refuse to Die

Tommy
Tommy
Oct 31, 2019 · 7 min read

How medieval art can help us make sense of the wealthy’s quest for eternal life

Emissaries of the dead danced with popes, kings and hermits amid the crowds that milled around the tombs at Les Innocents in Paris. The corpses paraded through the medieval social ladder, ushering dukes, sergeants and children into the afterlife.