Necropolis is a luminous, oddly beguiling account of how London has treated its dead, ranging from Roman burial rites to the horrors of the plague, from the founding of the great Victorian cemeteries to the more recent trends of collective grief and the cult of mourning, such as that surrounding the death of Princess Diana. Leaving no headstone unturned, Catherine Arnold unearths one of the great untold histories of the nation's capitol. Skillfully blending history, architecture, archaeology, and anecdote, she also explores phenomena like bodysnatching, public executions, and the rise of the undertaking trade. Ghoulishly entertaining and full of fascinating nuggets of information, Necropolis is destined to become a classic work on the city.
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Catharine Arnold read English at Cambridge and holds a further degree in psychology. A journalist, academic and popular historian, she is the author of the Lost Time, winner of a Betty Trask award.Review:
"Everything you always wanted to know about perishing in London." —Kirkus Reviews
"Stitching archaeological discovery and architectural detail to anecdote and cultural commentary, Necropolis paints London as a city 'drained by death.'" —Financial Times
"Enthusiastic, good-humored and constantly engaging." —Daily Telegraph
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Book Description Simon & Schuster UK, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110743268334
Book Description Simon & Schuster UK, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0743268334
Book Description Simon & Schuster UK, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0743268334
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