Death, Religion, and the Family in England, 1480-1750 by Ralph Houlbrooke

Death, Religion, and the Family in England, 1480-1750

byRalph Houlbrooke

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The interest and importance of the social history of death have been increasingly recognized during the last thirty years. Ralph Houlbrooke examines the effects of religious change on the English `way of death' between 1480 and 1750. He discusses relatively neglected aspects of the subject,such as the death-bed, will making, and the last rites. He also examines the rich variety of commemorative media and practices and is the first to describe the development of the English funeral sermon between the late Middle Ages and the eighteenth century. Dr Houlbrooke shows how the need of theliving to remember the dead remained important throughout the later medieval and early modern periods, even though its justification and means of expression changed.

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Ralph Houlbrooke is at University of Reading.
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Title:Death, Religion, and the Family in England, 1480-1750Format:PaperbackPublished:October 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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`He has provided a lucid, fascinating and engaging account of the place of death in early modern society ... Dr Houlbrooke has provided a thoughtful and coherent analysis of early modern death, one given a particularly admirable depth by a splendid combination of immersion in the sources witha critical acument which prevents him from being bogged down in details.'Tom Webster, History, Vol 85 No 277 Jan 2000