Year: 2000 Source: The Medieval History Journal, v.3, no.1, (2000), p.103-118 SIEC No: 20070148

This essay analyses some medieval images representing the Biblical story of Judas’ suicide. From a historian’s viewpoint, those images must be seen in the context of a scholastic discourse on mortal sins & human responsibility. A central aspect of the argument presented in this paper is the hanging tree as a number of pictures indicate a significant transformation of this motif. The former tree is replaced by a representation of gallows, something that the author argues reflects a corresponding revaluation of Judas’ death within the scholastic discourse. (28 refs.)