Dying Prepared in Medieval and Early Modern Northern Europe

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Editors: Anu Lahtinen and Mia Korpiola
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.
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Biographical Note

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).

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1 Introduction: Preparing for a Good Death in Medieval and Early Modern Northern Europe
Anu Lahtinen and Mia Korpiola


2 Restless Dead or Peaceful Cadavers? Preparations for Death and Afterlife in Medieval Iceland
Kirsi Kanerva


3 William Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester (1366–1404) and His Preparations for Death
Cindy Wood


4 “At Death’s Door”: The Authority of Deathbed Confessions in Medieval and Early Modern Swedish Law
Mia Korpiola


5 The Concern for Salvation in the Cities of Lesser Poland in the Sixteenth Century
Dominika Burdzy


6 Death with an Agenda: Preparing for an Aristocratic Death in Reformation Sweden
Anu Lahtinen


7 Dying Unprepared in Early Modern Swedish Funeral Sermons
Otfried Czaika


8 “Lord, have mercy on me”: Spiritual Preparations for Suicide in Early Modern Sweden
Riikka Miettinen


9 Preparing for Death: Concluding Remarks
Bertil Nilsson

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Readership

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.

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