Caring for Body and Soul: Burial and the Afterlife in the
- 255 pages
- Caring for Body and Soul: Burial and the Afterlife in the Merovingian World
- Bonnie Effros
- 21 July 2014 Bonnie Effros
[Reading] ➼ Caring for Body and Soul: Burial and the Afterlife in the Merovingian World By Bonnie Effros – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk The relationship between the living and the dead was especially significant in defining community identity and spiritual belief in the early medieval world Peter Brown has called it the joining of Hea The relationship between Body and ePUB ´ the living and the dead was especially significant in defining community identity and spiritual belief in the early medieval world Peter Brown has called it the joining of Heaven and Earth For clerics and laypersons alike funerals and burial sites were important means for establishing or extending power over rival families and monasteries Caring for PDF/EPUB or and commemorating ancestors In Caring for Body and Soul Bonnie Effros reveals the social significance of burial rites in early medieval Europe during the time of the Merovingian or so called long haired kings from to CEFunerals provided an opportunity for the display of wealth through elaborate ceremonies involving the placement of goods such as weapons jewelry and ceramic vessels in graves and the for Body and Soul: Burial PDF/EPUB ² use of aboveground monuments In the late seventh century however these practices gave way to Masses and prayers for the dead performed by clerics at churches removed from cemeteries Effros explains that this shift occurred not because inhabitants were becoming better Christians as some have argued since such for Body and Soul: Burial PDF/EPUB ² activities were never banned or even criticized by the clergy Rather clerics successfully promoted these new rites as powerful means for families to express their status and identityEffros uses a wide range of historical and archaeological evidence that few other scholars have mastered The result is a revealing analysis of life and death that simultaneously underlines the remarkable adaptability and appeal of western Christianity in the early Middle Ages.