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The corpse as text : disinterment and antiquarian enquiry, 1700-1900 /
Thea Tomaini.
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Woodbridge, Suffolk : Boydell Press, 2017.
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x, 241 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN
1783271949, 9781783271948
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Woodbridge, Suffolk : Boydell Press, 2017.
isbn
1783271949
9781783271948
abstract
Between 1700 and 1900, the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were stereotyped, idealised, and held as a standard by which the present time could be measured. Various figures in politics, academia, and the church pointed to historical persons such as Henry VIII, Shakespeare, Charles I, and Oliver Cromwell as icons whose lives, deaths and corpses illustrated the victories of English Protestantism, the values of Monarchism (or Republicanism), and the superiority of the English culture and its language. In particular, the subject of disinterment (exhumation) attracted the attention of antiquaries. They constructed a comprehensive memory of the past by 'reading' corpses as documents describing an idealised past. These 'texts' accompanied and enhanced the traditional texts of chronicle, literature, and epitaph.
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11197967
 
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