Saturday, January 11, 2014

A Peasant Girl buying an Indulgence (1825)

François-Marius Granet: A Peasant Girl Buying an Indulgence

The selling of "indulgences" was one of the corrupt practices of the late Medieval Catholic Church, wherein payment of a small (or large, depending) sum of money gets you forgiven for a sin. I hadn't realized that the practice persisted into the 19th century. (It isn't still going on, is it?)

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