Paperback Traditions of death and burial / Helen Frisby.
Publication year: 2019
Media class: Paperback
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9781784423773 (pbk.) :
Introduction: The Death of Dying? -- The Pains of Purgatory c.1066-1500 -- Reformation and Resistance, c.1500-1750 -- Dying in the Industrial Age, c.1750-1900 -- The Practical Death, c.1900-2000 -- Death Now and in the Future, c.2000 onwards -- Conclusions -- Further Reading -- Places to Visit -- Index
Series title: Shire library ; 863
Extent: 96 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
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In this illustrated book historian and folklorist Helen Frisby describes how, since the Middle Ages, people have prepared for death and sent the dead on their way. The Black Death spawned a rich funerary culture, which came under attack during the Reformation. However, some old customs, such as the passing bell and funeral tea, persisted well into the Industrial Age. Meanwhile, customs which now seem long established have much more recent origins; professional undertakers first emerged in the 1700s, whilst the Victorians invented the garden cemetery and legalised cremation.