How did people of the past prepare for death, and how were their preparations affected by religious beliefs or social and economic responsibilities?
Dying Prepared in Medieval and Early Modern Northern Europe analyses the various ways in which people made preparations for death in medieval and early modern Northern Europe, adapting religious teachings to local circumstances. The articles span the period from the Middle Ages to Early Modernity allowing an analysis over centuries of religious change that are too often artificially separated in historical study.
Contributors are Dominika Burdzy, Otfried Czaika, Kirsi Kanerva, Mia Korpiola, Anu Lahtinen, Riikka Miettinen, Bertil Nilsson, and Cindy Wood.
Anu Lahtinen, Ph.D. (2007), is Professor of Finnish and Nordic History at the University of Helsinki. She has published monographs and articles on medieval and early modern social and cultural history, focusing on the history of Northern Europe.
Mia Korpiola, LL.D. (2004), is Professor of Legal History at the University of Turku. An expert in long-term legal history, her publications include (ed.)
Regional Variations in Matrimonial Law and Custom in Europe, 1150-1600 (2011).
Table of contents
List of Illustrations Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Preparing for a Good Death in Medieval and Early Modern Northern Europe Anu Lahtinen and Mia Korpiola
Restless Dead or Peaceful Cadavers? Preparations for Death and Afterlife in Medieval Iceland Kirsi Kanerva
William Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester (1366–1404) and His Preparations for Death Cindy Wood
“At Death’s Door”: The Authority of Deathbed Confessions in Medieval and Early Modern Swedish Law Mia Korpiola
The Concern for Salvation in the Cities of Lesser Poland in the Sixteenth Century Dominika Burdzy
Death with an Agenda: Preparing for an Aristocratic Death in Reformation Sweden Anu Lahtinen
Dying Unprepared in Early Modern Swedish Funeral Sermons Otfried Czaika
“Lord, have mercy on me”: Spiritual Preparations for Suicide in Early Modern Sweden Riikka Miettinen
Preparing for Death: Concluding Remarks Bertil Nilsson
All interested in the history of cultural practices and ideas related to mortality and dying, and especially those interested in these phenomena in the medieval and early modern Northern Europe.