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Death, Religion, and the Family in England, 1480-1750 By Ralph Houlbrooke (Reader in History, Reader in History, University of Reading)

Death, Religion, and the Family in England, 1480-1750

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The author examines the effects 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 the last rites, and describes the development of the English funeral sermon after the Middle Ages.

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Death, Religion, and the Family in England, 1480-1750 by Ralph Houlbrooke (Reader in History, Reader in History, University of Reading)

The interest and importance of the social history of death have been increasingly recognized during the last thirty years. Ralph Houlbrooke examines the effects 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 the last rites. He also examines the rich 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 eighteenth century. Dr 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 changed.

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exhaustive research and a wealth of illustrative detail with a sensitivity to the complexities of change. It seems unlikely that the job will need to be done again, and other historians will mine his book for evidence on a host of related subjects, from the history of religion and the family to the history of embalming and undertakers ... There are points where the historian can go no further, and we must be grateful to Ralph Houlbrooke for taking us so far. His is the kind of acute and measured scholarship which shows what can be examined and imagined in the past - and what cannot. * Paul Slack, Times Literary Supplement *
There are points where the historian can go no further, and we must be grateful to Ralph Houlbrooke for taking us so far. His is the kind of acute and measured scholarship which shows what can be examined and imagined in the past - and what cannot. * Paul Slack, Times Literary Supplement *

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Death, Religion, and the Family in England, 1480-1750 by Ralph Houlbrooke (Reader in History, Reader in History, University of Reading)
Ralph Houlbrooke (Reader in History, Reader in History, University of Reading)
Oxford Studies in Social History
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Oxford University Press
2000-12-01
452
0198208766
9780198208761
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