A Companion to Death, Burial, and Remembrance in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, c. 1300–1700


This companion volume seeks to trace the development of ideas relating to death, burial, and the remembrance of the dead in Europe between ca. 1300 and 1700. Examining attitudes to death from a range of disciplinary perspectives, it synthesises current trends in scholarship, challenging the old view that the Black Death and the Protestant Reformations fundamentally altered ideas about death. Instead, it shows how people prepared for death; how death and dying were imagined in art and literature; and how practices and beliefs appeared, disappeared, changed, or strengthened over time as different regions and communities reacted to the changing world around them. Overall, it serves as an indispensable introduction to the subject of death, burial, and commemoration in thirteenth to eighteenth century Europe.

Contributors: Ruth Atherton, Stephen Bates, Philip Booth, Zachary Chitwood, Ralph Dekoninck, Freddy C. Dominguez, Anna M. Duch, Jackie Eales, Madeleine Gray, Polina Ignatova, Robert Marcoux, Christopher Ocker, Gordon D. Raeburn, Ludwig Steindorff, Elizabeth Tingle, and Christina Welch.

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Philip Booth, Ph.D. (2017, Lancaster University), is a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University. He researches and publishes on the history of medieval religious cultures and medieval travel.

Elizabeth Tingle, DPhil (1988, Oxford), is Professor of History at De Montfort University, Leicester. She researches and publishes on early modern European religious history. Her latest book is Sacred Journeys in the Counter Reformation: Long Distance Pilgrimage in North West Europe (MIP/De Gruyter, 2020).
Anyone looking for an introduction into current approaches to the subject of death and dying in premodern Europe, including advanced level university students. Keywords: Black Death, Protestantism, Catholicism, Orthodox Christianity, religion, Reformation, Ars Moriendi, commemoration, afterlives, heaven, hell, purgatory.
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