As layer upon layer of 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 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.
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"Everything you always wanted to know about perishing in London." Kirkus Reviews
"Deeply pleasing. . . . Entertainment of the most garish and exquisite kind. . . . A Baedeker of the dead." The Times
"Enthusiastic, good-humored and constantly engaging." Daily Telegraph
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If you¿re looking for a comprehensive review of English funerary customs throughout history, this book will disappoint you. But if you¿re looking for a gentle introduction to the subject, complete with pointers to more detailed resources, this book might be just what you¿re hoping for.