Death in England

An illustrated history

Edited by Peter Jupp and Clare Gittings

Death in England

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-5811-0
  • Pages: 304
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £19.99
  • Published Date: December 1999
  • BIC Category: Humanities / Social & cultural history, Society & social sciences / Sociology: death & dying, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Death & Dying, European history, Social & cultural history, United Kingdom, Great Britain, History, Archaeology, Modern History


Death in England provides the first ever social history of death from the earliest times 500,000 BC to Diana, Princess of Wales.. The book reveals how attitudes, practices and beliefs about death have undergone constant change: how, why and at what ages people died; plagues and violence; wills and deathbeds; funerals and memorials; beliefs and bereavement.. Richly illustrated - striking and often very powerful images.. In time with the spirit of the age and coming Millenium key scholars in their field write on their respective periods.. With the recent upturn of popular interest in death - through films,TV, books and newspapers - this book will prove stimulating to the general reader; to students of archaeology, art, history, medicine and sociology.


1. From remote times to the Bronze Age: c.500,000 BC - c.600,000 BC. Keith Ray
2. The Iron and Roman Ages: c.600 BC - c.400 AD. Valerie M. Hope
3. Pagans and Christians: 400- 1150. Christopher Daniell and Victoria Thompson
4. Purgatory, Prayers and the Plague: 1150-1380. Rosemary Horrox
5. Of Worms and War: 1380 -1558. Philip Morgan
6. Sacred and secular: 1558 - 1660. Clare Gittings
7. The Age of Decency: 1660-1760 Ralph Houlbrooke
8. From Reason to Regulation: 1760-1850. Julie Rugg
9. Victorian Death and its Decline: 1850-1918. Pat Jalland
10. The healthy society: 1918-1998. Peter C. Jupp and Tony Walter


Peter C. Jupp is Visiting Fellow, Department of Sociology, University of Bristol. Clare Gittings is Education Officer at the National Portrait Gallery, London

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