Hour of Our Death

Hour of Our Death

by Philippe Aries
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0394751566

ISBN-13: 9780394751566

Pub. Date: 08/12/2008

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

In this enduring classic, Philippe Aries brings death out of the shadows and into history's mainstream. With unrivaled skill, he explores how over the last millennium the response to death and dying has changed dramatically in Europe, western Russia, and America, sometimes initiating, sometimes reflecting social shifts and progress.

Under Aire's incisive scrutiny

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In this enduring classic, Philippe Aries brings death out of the shadows and into history's mainstream. With unrivaled skill, he explores how over the last millennium the response to death and dying has changed dramatically in Europe, western Russia, and America, sometimes initiating, sometimes reflecting social shifts and progress.

Under Aire's incisive scrutiny, Church observances, pilgrimage and penance, and folk beliefs spring into high relief. Archaic funeral ceremonies, the architecture of tombs, and images of the deceased in stone or paint regain often lost meanings; the libre vitae, the artes morendi, and the danse macabre are stripped of mystery, and their purpose and power made plain. Through a rich array of journals and letters from all periods and classes, as well as religious and secular literature from Dante to Tolstoy and Twain, Aries demonstrates society's concern for reassurance against the finality of death and the individual's search for consolation.

Aries brilliantly analyzes death in the contemporary world in which the hospital, suburban chapel, and crematorium have replaced the bedside, priest, and wake. As his richly documented, finely illustrated, and engagingly written masterpiece confirms, death and dying have inspired much of the literature of---and art that forms---our cultural heritage.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394751566
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/12/2008
Edition description:
lst Vintage Books ed
Pages:
696
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.70(d)

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