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Death, Religion, and the Family in England,
                        1480–1750$
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Ralph Houlbrooke

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208761

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208761.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
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Death, Religion, and the Family in England, 1480–1750
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Ralph Houlbrooke

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208761.003.0001

This introductory chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to investigate the effects of religious change on the social history of death between the close of the Middle Ages and the mid-18th century. It presents an overview of the subsequent chapters. The main respect in which this book differs from previous works on the social history of death in England is the attention which it pays to preparation for death. Some other accounts have focused on funeral rites above all.

Keywords:   social change, religious change, death, religious beliefs, Christianity, Protestant Reformation

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