Death Comes to Bruton - a Market Town in Somerset c.1400 - C.1900 Paperback
Attitudes to death changed dramatically: from bequests to the Church for the benefit of the Soul to the Victorian belief in their 'heavenly home'.
Communities faced death from a multiplicity of causes: epidemics, violence, accidents, Visitations of God.
Before the Welfare State the consequences could be dire, especially for the poor with the death of the breadwinner: poverty and destitution often followed.
A study of Wills, however, also reveals a marked increase in prosperity: from leaving just one or two sheep in 1400 to many thousands of pounds in 1900.
This book traces how the inhabitant of one market town coped.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 504 pages, black & white illustrations
- Publisher: Grosvenor House Publishing Ltd
- Publication Date: 10/04/2014
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9781781487020