The sinners salue, or, Medicine of the soule | Newberry

The sinners salue, or, Medicine of the soule

The sinners salue, or, Medicine of the soule

The sinners salue, or, Medicine of the soule

One of only two extant copies, this book is an Elizabethan handbook on the art of dying. Such books were small and easily carried in a pocket; prefatory matter indicates that they were intended for use by ministers or by devout laymen in helping those terminally ill to die with the comfort of faith. Printed in ever increasing numbers from the fifteenth through the eighteenth centuries, these handbooks had essentially the same purpose in the Anglican Church as the older Ars Moriendi had for the Church of Rome. While books such as this one were frequently printed, they were widely read, and their heavy use has rendered them quite rare.