Necropolis : London and Its Dead (New)

Necropolis : London and Its Dead (New)

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 304 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9781416502487
  • DDC分類 941

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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.

Table of Contents

        Map                                        x
Acknowledgements xiii
Introduction 1 (4)
A Pagan Place: Celtic Golgotha and the 5 (11)
Roman Cemeteries
Danse Macabre: London and the Black Death 16 (15)
Memento Mori: The Theatre of Death 31 (15)
Pestilence: Diary of a Plague Year 46 (22)
Et in Arcadia Ego: A Vision of Elysian 68 (26)
Fields
Gatherings from Graveyards: The Dead are 94 (29)
Killing the Living
Victorian Valhallas: The Development of 123 (29)
London's Cemeteries
Great Gardens of Sleep: Death Moves to the 152 (29)
Suburbs
The People Who Invented Death: The 181 (24)
Victorian Funeral
The Vale of Tears: The Victorian Cult of 205 (19)
Mourning
Up in Smoke: The Development of Cremation 224 (22)
Our Darkest Hours: World War and the 246 (29)
Decline of Mourning
Notes 275 (12)
Bibliography 287 (7)
Index 294