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Ritual, Belief and the Dead in Early Modern Britain and Ireland


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1. Introduction; 2. Religious belief; 3. Scientific belief; 4. Social belief; 5. Folk belief; 6. Conclusions.

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Sarah Tarlow's interdisciplinary study examines belief as it relates to the dead body in early modern Britain and Ireland.

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Sarah Tarlow is Senior Lecturer in Historical Archaeology at the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester. She is the author of Bereavement and Commemoration: An Archaeology of Mortality (1999) and The Archaeology of Improvement (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and co-editor of The Familiar Past? Archaeologies of Later Historical Britain (1999) and Thinking through the Body (2002). She has published widely on archaeological theory, later historical archaeology, and the interdisciplinary study of death.


'Of interest to a wide range of readers, [this] book is essential for archaeologists concerned with post-medieval burials, and important in helping to inform current debates about display and research on human remains.' Barney Sloane, British Archaeology
'This is an accessible and stimulating book, offering by its scope and breadth a penetrative insight into early modern attitudes to the body, whether recently-deceased or long dead ... This book should be required reading for archaeology students and others interested in how past societies have dealt with the consequences of that last great leap in the dark.' Alison Smithson, The Archaeological Journal

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