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The Vision of Heriger
WithEileen Gardiner
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Tenth- or eleventh-century Latin poetic satire in decasyllabic versi, 150 words, of otherworld visions recounted by a prophet who is called throughout a liar, to Heriger, archbishop of Mainz (912–26). He travels to hell, which he describes as surrounded by a wood, and to heaven where he describes the table where the abstemious John the Baptist serves the wine. It is the first example of satire in the afterlife tradition. Du Méril (385) suggests that its aim was to remove pagan elements from Christian belief.