Widow's Weeds and Weeping Veils

Mourning Rituals in 19th Century America

Bernadette Loeffel-Atkins

The Victorian era in both Europe and America saw mourning rituals elevated to an art form expressing not only grief, but also religious feeling, social obligation, and even mourning fashion. This concise, illustrated work explores how 19th-century Americans viewed death and dying.
Publication date:
April 2012
Publisher :
Gettysburg Publishing
Language:
English
Illustration :
107
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Paperback
ISBN : 9780983863113

Dimensions : 216 X 140 mm
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£7.99

Overview
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During the 19th century, death shadowed daily life. A high infant mortality rate, poor sanitation, risk during childbirth, poisons, ignorance, and war kept 19th-century Americans busy practicing the ritual of mourning. The Victorian era in both Europe and America saw these rituals elevated to an art form expressing not only grief, but also religious feeling, social obligation, and even mourning fashion.

Complete with period illustrations, Widow's Weeds and Weeping Veils explores how Victorians viewed death and dying as a result of the profound historical events of their time. This concise, informative work is ideal for students of Victorian-era culture and Civil War enthusiasts.