Necropolis: London And Its Dead

Necropolis: London And Its Dead by Catharine Arnold
ISBN
9781416502487
Published
Released
01 / 06 / 2007
Binding
Paperback
Pages
320
Dimensions
130 x 198 x 1mm

A vivid historical narrative of how London has dealt with its dead from pagan burial rites through the Black Death to the Blitz and the death of Diana.

From Roman burial rites to the horrors of the plague, from the founding of the great Victorian cemeteries to the development of cremation and the current approach of metropolitan society towards death and bereavement -- including more recent trends to displays of collective grief and the cult of mourning, such as that surrounding the death of Diana Princess of Wales -- 'Necropolis: London and Its Dead' offers a vivid historical narrative of this great city's attitude to going the way of all flesh.

As layer upon layer on London soil reveals burials from pre-historic and medieval times, the city is revealed as one giant grave, filled with the remains of previous eras -- pagan, Roman, medieval, Victorian. This fascinating blend of pageantry of archaeology, architecture and anecdote includes such phenomena as the rise of the undertaking trade and the pageantry of state funerals; public executions and bodysnatching.
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A vivid historical narrative of how London has dealt with its dead from pagan burial rites through the Black Death to the Blitz and the death of Diana.

From Roman burial rites to the horrors of the plague, from the founding of the great Victorian cemeteries to the development of cremation and the current approach of metropolitan society towards death and bereavement -- including more recent trends to displays of collective grief and the cult of mourning, such as that surrounding the death of Diana Princess of Wales -- 'Necropolis: London and Its Dead' offers a vivid historical narrative of this great city's attitude to going the way of all flesh.

As layer upon layer on London soil reveals burials from pre-historic and medieval times, the city is revealed as one giant grave, filled with the remains of previous eras -- pagan, Roman, medieval, Victorian. This fascinating blend of pageantry of archaeology, architecture and anecdote includes such phenomena as the rise of the undertaking trade and the pageantry of state funerals; public executions and bodysnatching.

Ghoulishly entertaining and full of fascinating nuggets of information, 'Necropolis' leaves no headstone unturned in its exploration of our changing attitudes to the deceased among us. Both anecdotal history and cultural commentary, 'Necropolis' will take its place alongside classics of the city such as Peter Ackroyd's 'London'.
ISBN:
9781416502487
Publication Date:
01 / 06 / 2007
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
130 x 198 x 1mm

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