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Last Rites: Funerals and Funeral Monuments

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Mark Kirby (ed.), Last Rites: Funerals and Funeral Monuments. Proceedings of the Conference of the Ecclesiological Society and Church Monuments Society 2022. ISBN 978-0-946823-29-1, £20

Paperback book (245 x 189 mm); 136 pages, sewn in sections. Printed in colour throughout. This collection of essays is a special number of the journal ‘Ecclesiology Today’ and is a book in its own right. The five essays are by Mark Kirby (the preface), Brian and Moira Gittos, ‘Effigial Commemoration in the Medieval Churchyard’, 11-37; Sally Badham, ‘Heraldic Funerals’, 39-65; Adam White, ‘Funereal Monuments and Monumental Funerals: England in the Early Modern Period’, 67-94; Brian Parsons, ‘The Victorian Funeral’, 95-116; and Roger Bowdler, ‘Victorian Cemetery Monuments and the Funeral’, 117-133. They cover the conduct and theology and visual presentation of funeral from the middle ages to the start of the twentieth century. Lavishly illustrated with many photographs and antiquarian prints.

Key words: funerals, heraldry, processions, medievalism, Gothic Revival.

Weighs 390 grams without any packaging.

Copies are are available at £15 (free P&P on UK orders) for CMS members. Shaun is contactable either by email  or by telephone 01775 821542.


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