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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2012
Published as part of the Britain's Living History Series, this slim volume, for the book contains just 64 pages, yet contains a wealth of information. Written in a clear easy to read format with photographic illustrations and broken down into chapters complete with a concluding index.

This book encourages us to delve beyond the name and dates on the headstone, and to look further at the style of the Memorial, the graphics upon it and the even the types of stone used to make it. Readers are encouraged to get out and about and explore their local churchyard using the knowledge within the book to gain further information about those commemorated upon the stones.

The book further explores the how the churchyard and cemetery evolved within our Society, the styles of stones over the ages and how burial practices have changed with a the later section of the book dedicated to understanding the various carvings and what they mean, giving further information of the person they are dedicated to.

This book is a welcome addition to any genealogist and family historian bookshelf and really does encourage us to get out their and explore.

Book Review for Federation of Family History Societies book club November 2010.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 7 September 2011
Graveyards are places of remembrance and reflection, but can also give an interesting insight into changes in social history and architectural styles through the centuries.

Ecclesiastical historian Trevor Yorke explains burial practices down the ages, and describes the development of the churchyard and cemetery; he explains the changing styles of gravestones and tombs, from the earliest Saxon grave-slabs to elaborate Victorian headstones, and the meaning behind the carvings and symbols that decorate them, for example an encircled serpent biting its tail (signifying eternity) and a skull and crossbones (signifying mortality, as the skull and two thigh bones were believed to be the parts of the body required for resurrection).

A concise and well-illustrated overview of an often overlooked subject.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 7 April 2011
I have a large number of books on cemeteries and graveyards but this slim volume is a good addition. It covers gravestone/tomb design and the meaning of the symbolism involved extremely well. If you are new to this topic then I think this book will be a great help to you. Well illustarted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2013
Fascinating book, will certainly help me as I wander through a number of graveyards looking for my ancestors. Thank you
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 2012
I bought this book because I am working on a project recording memorial inscriptions, I found it very interesting, it packs in a lot of information for it's size and is useful for describing styles of gravestones.
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on 15 November 2013
A very good manual for anyone interesting in exploring graveyars. There's more to them than meets the eye and tell us a lot about former generations.
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on 28 July 2014
Have always been interested in the subject.
Good book makes you want to read or investigate more
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on 7 February 2015
So easy to read whilst traipsing around graveyards. just what I was looking for.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 December 2011
An excellent and wide embracing volume that gives a very good introduction and overview to the subject - the drawn illustrations are very detailed and first class .
highly recommended with perhaps but one possible area of improvement-I appreciate it may make each subtitle somewhat cumbersome , but it is a pity that some illustrations give details of place , whilst others do not
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on 11 August 2015
Good book very interesting and just what l wanted
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