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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 refrained from, in pre-Industrial England the rituals and methods of dying have been current and quick. humans not just surrounded themselves with souvenir mori, in addition they sought to maintain alive stories of these who had long gone sooner than. This continuous disagreement with loss of life used to be stronger via a wealthy tradition of visible artifacts. within the paintings of loss of life, Nigel Llewellyn explores the meanings at the back of an superb 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 resembling death's head spoons, jewels and swords, mourning-rings and fanatics, wax effigies, church monuments, Dance of demise prints, funeral invites and ephemera, in addition to works through recognized artists, together with Holbein, Hogarth and Blake.

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