The Victorian period was one of remarkable urban development, industrial expansion, and population growth, with all the attendant problems. The mortality rate was high, with epidemics, poor hygiene and a lack of clean water largely to blame. Disposal of the dead was therefore a problem. This little known side of reform in Victorian Britain is documented here as a vast achievment in the civilizing of urban man. The author takes into account religious, social, architectural, monumental, and landscaping facets. Along the way, he describes some major Victorian funerals (notably that of the Duke of Wellington) and ends with the Queen's own funeral in 1901, an awe-inspiring occasion in which representatives of many nations and peoples took part.
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Professor James Stevens Curl is Senior Research Fellow at The Queen's University of Belfast. He read for his Doctorate at University College London, and was Visiting Fellow at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge. He has established an international reputation for scholarship and lucidity of style. He has published many works dealing with aspects of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
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Descripción Estado de conservación: New. From humble working-class funerals to the massive outpouring of grief at the State spectacles of Wellington and Queen Victoria, the pictures painted here of Victorian responses to death cover an immense canvas, taking into account religious, social, architectural, monumental and landscaping facets. This little-known side of reform in Victorian Britain is documented as a vast achievement in the civilising of urban man. Professor Curl proceeds from the elegiac garden (an antidote to the gruesome horrors of overcrowded, smelly and insanitary graveyards) to the Elysian Fields of the ideal cemetery, and then on to cremation, with scarcely a jolt. He lays out the change in sensibility that led to a new tenderness towards the dead in an achievement as well-ordered as any sumptuous funeral, a history both lucid and entertaining. Nº de ref. de la librería 1316
Descripción The History Press, 2001. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110750923180