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Necropolis: London and Its Dead - Catharine Arnold
Necropolis: London and Its Dead
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London is a city literally built upon its dead: the Houses of Parliament sit on the edge of a former plague pit, and subway tunnels were driven through forgotten catacombs thick with bones. Utilizing archaeology, anthropology, anecdote, and history, this gloriously macabre tour explores the... show more
London is a city literally built upon its dead: the Houses of Parliament sit on the edge of a former plague pit, and subway tunnels were driven through forgotten catacombs thick with bones. Utilizing archaeology, anthropology, anecdote, and history, this gloriously macabre tour explores the presence of death in Londoners' lives and the changes in burial rites through two millennia of English history. The city’s greatest disasters—including the Great Fire and the Black Plague—are analyzed in regards to their massive impacts on the living and the dead, while the resting places of several thousand Londoners are highlighted as a means of examining population growth and city development. Implicitly entwined with the passing of generations is the transformation of an entire population; death effects how and where future generations live. From Roman burial ceremonies to the more recent passing of Princess Diana, this unique history leaves no headstone unturned.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781416502487 (1416502483)
ASIN: 1416502483
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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3.5 Necropolis: London and Its Dead
It's interesting how the dead have been treated throughout history. It's amazing to me that London is (essentially) one big grave. It makes sense given the space and the amount of people that have lived there since time began. It was interesting to read about cremation and it falling out of favor...
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4.5 Review: Necropolis, London and Its Dead
Since this deals with two of my favorite subjects (London and cemeteries) this is going to go on (and on and on) a bit. It falls into three parts 1) what I think about the book and its subject (with some random family stories of mine tossed in), 2) quotes to give you an idea of the sorts of history ...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it
3.0
At times, this book feels like a list, but there are some intersting little tidbits sprinkled thoughout.
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