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The dead and the living in Paris and London, 1500-1670

Harding, Vanessa (2002) The dead and the living in Paris and London, 1500-1670. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521811262.

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This book is an exploration in social history, showing how the practices surrounding death and burial can illumine urban culture and experience. Vanessa Harding focuses on the crowded and turbulent worlds of early modern London and Paris, and makes rich use of contemporary documentation to compare and contrast their experience of dealing with the dead. The two cities shared many of the problems and pressures of urban life, including high mortality rates and a tradition of Christian burial and there are many similarities in their responses to death. The treatment of the dead reveals the communities' preoccupation with the use of space, control of the physical environment and the ordering of society and social behaviour. • Major study of death in the two great cities of Northern Europe • A vivid evocation of the impact of Reformation on a major cultural practice, with numerous examples from specific sites in both Paris and London • Richly documented and illustrated from contemporary accounts.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: Excerpt available from the publisher's web page at DOI 10.2277/0521811260
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
Depositing User: Sandra Plummer
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2008 12:08
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:16

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