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By Nigel Llewellyn

How did our ancestors die? while in our personal day the topic of loss of life is mostly kept away from, in pre-Industrial England the rituals and procedures of dying have been current and quick. humans not just surrounded themselves with keepsake mori, in addition they sought to maintain alive stories of these who had long gone sooner than. This continuous war of words with loss of life was once more advantageous by way of a wealthy tradition of visible artifacts. within the artwork of demise, Nigel Llewellyn explores the meanings in the back of an impressive variety of those artifacts, and describes the attitudes and practices which lay in the back of their creation and use.

Illustrated and defined during this e-book are an array of little-known gadgets and photographs corresponding to death's head spoons, jewels and swords, mourning-rings and enthusiasts, wax effigies, church monuments, Dance of loss of life prints, funeral invites and ephemera, in addition to works through recognized artists, together with Holbein, Hogarth and Blake.

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