Medieval excommunication: eternal damnation or no big deal?

In Christian-dominated medieval Europe, what did it mean to be excommunicated? How much of an earth-shattering punishment was it, and what can excommunications tell us about the attitudes of people in the Middle Ages? In this episode, Dr Felicity Hill of the University of St Andrews explains all to David Musgrove.

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Jan Hus (right) at the Council of Constance, where he was excommunicated and declared a heretic.

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