A History Of Grief In Three Funerals

Historian Ruth Richardson explores the rites and rituals through which we have expressed our grief.

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01Sir Henry Unton, 159619990313

The Elizabethan experience as portrayed in the intriguing painting of the life and death of the foreign diplomat.

02George Wickham19990320

The intimate secrets of an atheist's deathbed and the theatrical flamboyance of a rogue's funeral feature in Ruth Richardson's examination of the death of an imposter.

03 LASTThe Death Of Princess Charlotte19990327

In 1817, Charlotte, Princess of Wales, died during childbirth.

Ruth Richardson explores the subsequent outpouring of grief throughout the nation and the effect on the reign of her cousin, Queen Victoria.