Death, Religion, and the Family in England, 1480-1750 / Edition 1

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Overview

Both the interest and importance of the social history of death have been increasingly recognized during the last thirty years. Here, Houlbrooke examines the impact of religious change on the English "way of death" between 1480 and 1750. He discusses relatively neglected aspects of the subject, such as the death-bed, will-making, and last rites. He also studies the wide variety of commemorative media and practices, and is the first to describe the development of the English funeral sermon between the late Middle Ages and the 18th century. Houlbrooke shows how the need of the living to remember the dead remained important throughout the later medieval and early modern periods, even though its justification and means of expression were altered.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198208761
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Series: Oxford Studies in Social History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

University of Reading
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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Note
Introduction 1
1 The Face of Death 5
2 The Hereafter 28
3 Preparation for Death 57
4 The Making of Wills 81
5 Last Wills and Testaments: Form and Contents 110
6 Last Rites and the Craft of Dying 147
7 Good Deaths and Bad 183
8 Grief and Mourning 220
9 Funerals 255
10 Funeral Sermons 295
11 Burial and Commemoration 331
Conclusion 372
Appendices 385
Bibliography 389
Index 421
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