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Medieval death : ritual and representation

Author: Paul Binski
Publisher: London : British Museum Press, 1996.
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"Medieval Death is an absorbing study of the social, theological and cultural issues involved in death and dying in Europe from the end of the Roman Empire to the early sixteenth century. Drawing on both archaeological and art historical sources, Paul Binski examines pagan and Christian attitudes towards the dead, the aesthetics of death and the body, burial ritual and mortuary practice. The evidence is accumulated  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Church history
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Binski, Paul.
Medieval death.
London : British Museum Press, 1996
(OCoLC)646885780
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Binski
ISBN: 0714105619 9780714105611 9780714128030 0714128031
OCLC Number: 34969303
Description: 224 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : the roots of medieval death culture --
Ways of dying and rituals of death --
Death and representation --
The macabre --
Death and the afterlife.
Responsibility: Paul Binski.
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"Medieval Death is an absorbing study of the social, theological and cultural issues involved in death and dying in Europe from the end of the Roman Empire to the early sixteenth century. Drawing on both archaeological and art historical sources, Paul Binski examines pagan and Christian attitudes towards the dead, the aesthetics of death and the body, burial ritual and mortuary practice. The evidence is accumulated from a wide variety of medieval thinkers and images, including the macabre illustrations of the Dance of Death and other popular themes in art and literature, which reflect the medieval obsession with notions of humility, penitence and the dangers of bodily corruption. The author discusses the impact of the Black Death on late medieval art and examines the development of the medieval tomb, showing the changing attitudes to the commemoration of the dead between late antiquity and the late Middle Ages. In the final chapter the progress of the soul after death is studied through the powerful descriptions of Heaven, Hell and Purgatory in Dante and other writers and through portrayals of the Last Judgement and the Apocalypse in sculpture and large-scale painting. Illustrated throughout with fascinating and sometimes disturbing images, this book offers a new interpretation of medieval death culture which will be valuable to both general readers and students"--Jacket.

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