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Gravestones Tombs And Memorials

Author: Trevor Yorke
Publisher: Countryside Books (GB)
ISBN: 9781846742026
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A concise well-illustrated guide to the types of funerary memorials to be found in the churchyards of England. Yorke describes the different types of gravestones, effigies and tombs, and gives guidance on development, dating and regional variations. There are also sections on iconography, and on epitaphs.

Stories In Stone

Author: Douglas Keister
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
ISBN: 1423611004
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Certain symbols abound in modern Western culture that are instantly recognizable: the cross signifies Christianity, the six-pointed Star of David is revered by Jews, the golden arches frequently means it's time for lunch. Other symbols, however, require a bit of decoding-particularly those found in cemeteries. Cemeteries are virtual encyclopedias of symbolism. Engravings on tombstones, mausoleums and memorials tell us just about everything there is to know about a person- date of birth and death as well as religion, ethnicity, occupation, community interests, and much more. In the fascinating new book Stories in Stone: The Complete Guide to Cemetery Symbolism by noted author Douglas Keister, the secrets of cemetery symbolism are finally revealed. For instance, did you know that it is quite rare to see a sunflower on a tombstone? Did you know that the human foot symbolizes humility and service since it consistently touches the earth? Or the humble sheaf of wheat-while it is often used to denote someone who has lived a long and fruitful life, do you know other meanings it might carry? Stories in Stone provides history along with images of a wide variety of common and not-so-common cemetery symbols, and offers an in-depth examination of stone relics and the personal and intimate details they display-flora and fauna, religious icons, society symbols, and final impressions of how the deceased wished to be remembered. Douglas Keister has created a practical field guide that is compact and portable, perfect for those interested in family histories and genealogical research, and is the only book of its kind that unlocks the language of symbols in a comprehensive and easy-to-understand manner. Douglas Keister has photographed fourteen award-winning, critically acclaimed books (including Red Tile Style: America's Spanish Revival Architecture, The Bungalow: America's Arts & Crafts Home, and Storybook Style: America's Whimsical Homes of the Twenties) earning him the title "America's most noted photographer of historic architecture." He also writes and illustrates magazine articles and contributes photographs and essays to other books, calendars, posters, and greeting cards. Doug lives in Chico, California, and travels frequently to photograph and lecture on historic architecture and photography.

Historical Tombstones And Graves At St Paul S Hill Malacca

Author: Dennis De Witt
Publisher: NUTMEG PUBLISHING
ISBN: 9834351968
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This book serves as an essential guide for those visiting St Paul's Hill at Malacca. It provides the vistor with background information regarding the ancient tombstones and graves found at the hill. It details out the location of the historic graves and includes a transcript of the epitaphs. Also provided are translations Portuguese, Latin and Dutch writings on the tombstones, as well as background information on those who were buried there. The graves on St Paul’s Hill are located in three different areas. The first is located within the ruined church on the top of the hill. The second is located in the area on the outside surrounding the ruined church. Thirdly, there are a number of graves located in the old cemetery at the foot of the hill, known as the Dutch cemetery. Research for this book covers previous publications on the graves at St Paul's Hill, including research done by E. M. Merryweather (1900), Robert Norman (1905) and Alan Harfield (1984). However, this book provides further details on the background of those who were interred at St Paul’s Hill. With this book, the visitor will receive a better insight on the many historical tombstones of those real people who had once lived or visited Malacca and were interred at the hill. It is also an ideal reference book for Malaysian Tourist Guides. It will help Guides to speak more confidently about the historic tombstones at St Paul's Hill.

Finding The Plot

Author: Ann Treneman
Publisher: Biteback Publishing
ISBN: 1849546614
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Ann Treneman, the award-winning Times writer best known for her incisive parliamentary sketches, has branched out - to graveyards. In this riveting book she takes you to the most interesting graves in Britain. You'll meet the real War Horse, the best 'funambulist' ever, Byron and his dog Boatswain, Florence Nightingale and her pet owl Athena, prime ministers, kings and queens, highwaymen, scientists, mistresses, the real James Bond and, of course, M. Then there are writers, painters, poets, rakes and rogues, victims, the meek and mild and the just plain mad. This unique book is made up of a hundred entries, each telling the story of one or more graves. Some are chosen for who is in them, others for the grave itself. Some of the entries are humorous, some are poignant, but all tell us something about the British way of death. At times absurd, at times astounding, in Finding the Plot Ann Treneman provides an entertaining guide to the Anglo-Saxon underworld.

How To Read A Graveyard

Author: Peter Stanford
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1441132759
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Death is the one certainty in life, yet, with the decline of religion in the West, we have become collectively reluctant to talk about it. Our contemporary rituals seek to sanitise death and distance us from our own inevitable fate. If we want to know how previous generations dealt with death, graveyards (famous and not) tell us the history -- if we are able to read them. If we want to know how we struggle today with understanding or facing up to death, then graveyards provide a starting point. And, if we want to escape the present taboo on acknowledging our mortality and contemplate our own end, then graveyards offer a rare welcome. From Neolithic mounds to internet memorials via medieval corpse roads and municipal cemeteries, war graves and holocaust memorials, Roman catacombs, Pharaonic grave-robbers, Hammer horrors, body-snatchers, Days of the Dead, humanist burials and flameless cremations, Stanford shows us how to read a graveyard, what to look out for in our own, and how even the most initially unpromising exploration can enthral. This enhanced edition includes suggestions of over 40 graveyards and cemeteries to visit in the UK and beyond, a photographic tour of Saint Margaret's Cemetery, Burnham Norton and an audio tour by the author of Paddington Old Cemetery, London.

Historic Gravestone Art Of Charleston South Carolina 1695 1802

Author: David R. Mould
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786425695
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"Here lyes Buried the Body of MARTHA PERONNEAU Departed This Life December Ye 14th 1746 Aged 13 Years." Such an inscription was typical of 18th century grave markers in Charleston, South Carolina. Many epitaphs went on to reveal much more about the deceased: personality, religious beliefs, career accomplishments and social position. Attention to social matters was a natural part of life in Charleston, where descendants of the city's 17th century British founders sought to recreate the class-conscious culture of aristocratic England. The merging of this culture with influences from French Huguenots, German Lutherans, Scottish Presbyterians and Spanish Jews led to funeral practices unique in the American colonies. Focusing on pieces created between 1695 and 1802, this volume offers a detailed examination of the tombstones and grave markers from 18th century Charleston. It discusses not only the general trends and the symbolism of the period's gravestone art--such as skulls, portraits, ascending souls and stylized vegetation--but also examines specific instances of these popular motifs. Tombstones from Charleston's oldest and most significant churches, including the Circular Congregational Church, St. Philip's Anglican Church, the French Huguenot Church and the First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, are explored in detail. The work looks at how Charleston gravestones differed from funerary art elsewhere in the American colonies and reveals them to be some of the earliest examples of American sculpture. A guide to colonial gravestone symbols and a glossary of relevant Latin terms are also included.

Mortuary Monuments And Burial Grounds Of The Historic Period

Author: H. C. Mytum
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9780306480768
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This study of historic mortuary data has been underdeveloped in many cultures and societies although, as Mytum argues, it has the potential to add much to social and cultural history alongside settlement and artefactual evidence. This book provides a chronological outline of the history of mortuary research from before the 18th century to post-World War I, as well as a discussion of the current state of knowledge and a practical guide to studying historic mortuary data. With examples from North America and Britain in particular, Mytum examines the nature of funerary and commemorative practices and how these changed over time. He goes on to outline some of the areas which can benefit from mortuary evidence such as studies into social structure, identities, attitudes towards death and commemoration, and social change. Sections on the practicalities of studying and recording mortuary material, as well as issues of conservation, education and the public are discussed.

Anecdotes Of British Topography

Author: Richard Gough
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108064469
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This 1768 work provides a thorough guide to the sources available for the study of British and Irish antiquities.