London: City of the Dead

London City of the Dead A groundbreaking account of London s relationship with death this book covers the afterlife execution bodysnatching murder fatal disease spiritualism bizarre deaths and cemeteries Taking the r

  • Title: London: City of the Dead
  • Author: David Brandon Alan Brooke
  • ISBN: 9780750946339
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A groundbreaking account of London s relationship with death, this book covers the afterlife, execution, bodysnatching, murder, fatal disease, spiritualism, bizarre deaths, and cemeteries Taking the reader from Roman London to the glorious dead of World War I, this is the first systematic look at London s culture of death, with analysis of its customs and superstitions,A groundbreaking account of London s relationship with death, this book covers the afterlife, execution, bodysnatching, murder, fatal disease, spiritualism, bizarre deaths, and cemeteries Taking the reader from Roman London to the glorious dead of World War I, this is the first systematic look at London s culture of death, with analysis of its customs and superstitions, rituals and representations The authors of the celebrated London The Executioner s City weave their way through the streets of London once again, this time combining some of the capital s most curious features, such as London s Necropolis Railway and Brookwood Cemetery, with the culture of death exposed in the works of great writers such as Dickens The book captures for the first time a side of the city that has always been every bit as fascinating and colorful as other better known aspects of the metropolis It shows London in all its moods serious, comic, tragic, and heroic and celebrates its robust acceptance of the only certainty in life.

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    1. "London, City of the Dead"Are you excited by the title? You must be. I fell victim to it and wasted hours of my life reading this book. I try to read everything I can find about London and the cover of the book was calling to me. Yes, well, I should have sealed my ears with wax like Odysseus on his shipHow can someone choose to write about one of the most intriguing, haunting cities of the Earth in connection to Death, monuments, cemeteries, strange cases of mortality, ghosts, murder and mayhem [...]

    2. If you are a slightly macabre person who might visit a place like London only to wonder "has anyone ever jumped off the Monument?" or "how much truth is there to this Sweeney Todd legend?" or "just how DID the average bodysnatcher steal a corpse and sneak it into the backdoor to the local College for Barber-Surgeons?", well roll up your sleeves and have fun with this one. I sure did. 90% of your morbid curiosity shall be sated, I assure you. Some of the most interesting chapters cover the insani [...]

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