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Good Deaths and Bad

Ralph Houlbrooke

in Death, Religion, and the Family in England, 1480–1750

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198208761
eISBN:
9780191678134
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208761.003.0008
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History, Social History

This chapter discusses the achievement of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ deaths. The Christian form of the ideal of the ‘good death’, rooted in the Middle Ages, ... More


Bad Deaths, Sudden Deaths, and Suicides

Pat Jalland

in Death in the Victorian Family

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198201885
eISBN:
9780191675058
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201885.003.0004
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

Sudden deaths were deemed as bad deaths by Christian standards because they do not allow time for spiritual preparation and repentance for sins committed in life, while suicides are seen as terrible ... More


Separation: The Moment of Death and the Lying-in-State

Avner Ben-Amos

in Funerals, Politics, and Memory in Modern France, 1789–1996

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198203285
eISBN:
9780191675836
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203285.003.0012
Subject:
History, European Modern History

Although a state funeral in France was a public event, its point of departure was always private: the house or the apartment where the great man had lived and where, usually, he had died. This ... More


Flesh and Bone: The Semiotics of Mortality

Nancy Mandeville Caciola

in Afterlives: The Return of the Dead in the Middle Ages

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9781501702617
eISBN:
9781501703478
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501702617.003.0006
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter demonstrates how revenancy functioned within medieval popular culture and explores some of the different interpretations of life and death that were attached to revenant stories. It ... More


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