Necropolis: London and Its Dead

Necropolis: London and Its Dead

by Catharine Arnold

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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 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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ISBN-13: 9781847394934
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Publication date: 10/15/2008
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 540,398
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Catharine Arnold read English at Cambridge and holds a further degree in psychology. A journalist, academic and popular historian, her previous books include the novel Lost Time, winner of a Betty Trask award, and the acclaimed Necropolis: London and Its Dead, Bedlam and City ofSin, the first three volumes of her 'London' series. She lives in Nottingham.

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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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Necropolis: London and Its Dead 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
cmc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
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