Grave Matters

Death and dying in Dublin, 1500 to the present


Lisa Marie Griffith & Ciarán Wallace, editors

Paperback €22.45
Catalogue Price: €24.95
ISBN: 978-1-84682-601-6
July 2016. 268pp; colour ills.

‘Death as an area of historical study is multi-faceted, covering many disciplines. It is appropriate that the areas of expertise of the contributors [to this book] reflect this and that many different approaches are taken throughout … this publication will take its place alongside a growing body of research into an area experiencing increased public interest. It might be most appropriate to look at this book as a modern day momento mori. It reminds us of the transient nature of life, both past and present, aids us in remembering and understanding the life experiences of those who have gone before us, and hopefully will encourage future historians to assume the mantle and do the same’, Conor Dodd, History Ireland (Nov/Dec 2016).

‘Genealogists and local historians will find this collection of essays of particular interest as they provide cultural and historical contexts that will illuminate the burial practices, in particular, of our ancestors and, in doing so, assist in our understanding of the societies and communities that sustained these practices for so long over the past five hundred years. An excellent read – high recommended’, Michael Merrigan, Ireland's Genealogical Gazette (July 2016).