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The undiscovered country : journeys among the dead / Carl Watkins.

By: Watkins, C. S. (Carl S.) [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Vintage Books, 2014Copyright date: ©2013Description: xviii, 318 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates: illustrations (sone colour), maps ; 20 cm.Content type: text | still image | cartographic image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780099548584 (pbk.); 0099548585 (pbk.).Subject(s): Death -- Social aspects -- Great Britain -- History | Death -- Great Britain -- Folklore | Great Britain -- Social life and customsDDC classification: 306.90941
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'This is a wonderful book- curious and insightful' Ian Mortimer, author of The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England

We know what happens to the body when we die, but what happens to the soul? The answer may remain a great unknown, but the question has shaped centuries of tradition, folklore and religious belief.

In this vivid history of the macabre, Carl Watkins goes in search of the ancient customs, local characters and compelling tales that illuminate how people over the years have come to terms with our ultimate fate. The result is an enthralling journey into Britain's past, from medieval hauntings on the Yorkshire moors and eccentric memorials on the Cornish coast to seances in Victorian kitchens and gallows tales from a Bristol gaol. Impeccably researched and elegantly told, The Undiscovered Country ventures beyond the veil to bring the dead back to life.

Originally published: London: The Bodley Head, 2013.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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