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Necropolis : London and its dead

Author: Catharine Arnold
Publisher: London : Pocket Books, 2007.
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This vivid historical narrative tells how London has dealt with its dead - from pagan rites through the horrors of the plague to the Blitz and the death of Princess Diana. Ghoulishly entertaining, it is a fascinating blend of archaeology, architecture, and anecdote.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Catharine Arnold
ISBN: 1416502483 9781416502487 9781849835541 1849835543
OCLC Number: 768808476
Description: 304 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm
Contents: A pagan place: Celtic Golgotha and the Roman cemeteries --
Danse macabre: London and the Black Death --
Memento mori: the theatre of death --
Pestilence: diary of a plague year --
Et in Arcadia ego: a vision of Elysian Fields --
Gatherings from graveyards: the dead are killing the living --
Victorian Valhallas: The development of London's cemeteries --
Great gardens of sleep: death moves to the suburbs --
The people who invented death: the Victorian funeral --
The vale of tears: the Victorian cult of mourning --
Up in smoke: the development of cremation --
Our darkest hours: world war and the decline of mourning.
Responsibility: Catharine Arnold.

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"Catharine Arnold's lively stiff survey is good on the Black Death and great on the Victorian age." -- "The Scotsman"

 
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