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The Place of the Dead : Death and Remembrance in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe - Professor Bruce Gordon

The Place of the Dead

Death and Remembrance in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe

By: Professor Bruce Gordon (Editor), Peter Marshall (Editor)

Paperback Published: 15th April 2000
ISBN: 9780521645188
Number Of Pages: 338

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Although much has been published on the social history of death, this is the first book to give a comprehensive account of attitudes toward the dead--above all the "placing" of the dead, in physical, spiritual and social terms--in order to reveal the social and religious outlook of past societies. The contributions range widely geographically, from Scotland to Transylvania, and address a spectrum of themes: attitudes toward the corpse, patterns of burial, forms of commemoration, the treatment of dead infants, the nature of the afterlife, and ghosts.

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List of illustrationsp. ix
Notes on contributorsp. x
Prefacep. xiii
Introduction: placing the dead in late medieval and early modern Europep. 1
The place of the dead in Flanders and Tuscany: towards a comparative history of the Black Deathp. 17
Longing to be prayed for': death and commemoration in an English parish in the later Middle Agesp. 44
Spirits seeking bodies: death, possession and communal memory in the Middle Agesp. 66
Malevolent ghosts and ministering angels: apparitions and pastoral care in the Swiss Reformationp. 87
'The map of God's word': geographies of the afterlife in Tudor and early Stuart Englandp. 110
Contesting sacred space: burial disputes in sixteenth-century Francep. 131
'Defyle not Christ's kirk with your carrion': burial and the development of burial aisles in post-Reformation Scotlandp. 149
Whose body? A study of attitudes towards the dead body in early modern Parisp. 170
Women, memory and will-making in Elizabethan Englandp. 188
Death, prophecy and judgment in Transylvaniap. 206
Funeral sermons and orations as religious propaganda in sixteenth-century Francep. 224
The worst death becomes a good death: the passion of Don Rodrigo Calderonp. 240
Tokens of innocence: infant baptism, death and burial in early modern Englandp. 266
The afterlives of monstrous infants in Reformation Germanyp. 288
Indexp. 310
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ISBN: 9780521645188
ISBN-10: 0521645182
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 338
Published: 15th April 2000
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.48

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