chapter  4
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Indulgences and Individual Strategies for Salvation

At the heart of indulgence-use was the salvation of the individual soul. Personal strategies for redemption are extremely di cult to recover, however. As Robert Swanson states,

how individuals appreciated pardons has to be deduced from scattered and fragmentary information, o en enigmatic and frustratingly incomplete. Ideally, it would be possible to … t pardons fully into a complete pattern of personal spirituality. at is impossible. Too little is known about the people and their personal spiritual lives.1