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Victorian Undertaker


 
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Media: BOOK - paperback, 32 pages
Author: T. May
Year: 2010
Other Data: b&w photos, sketches, further reading
ISBN: 9780747803317

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Product Code: SHI086
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The Victorians were familiar with death and, while they did not welcome it, they felt relatively at ease with it. Sustained by their religious belsiefs, they felt able to celebrate death and to accord full rites of passage to the deceased.

Trevor May shows how undertakers catered for these complex and sober events, and the various funeral options they offered to mourners, and to those who carefully prepared for their own death. While one Victorian authoress was able to claim that 'It is on the deathbed that the rich and poor are equalised', the author assesses the extent to which funerals reflected the social divisions within the nineteenth-century society.

There is much in this book to interest social historians, those with a concern for historical costume, and transport enthusiasts, for there is a section on the development of the horse-drawn hearse.

Contents:
A Decent Burial
The Hearse
Funeral Hospitality
Mourning and Memorabilia
God's Acre
State Funerals
Further Reading
Places to Visit


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