The Undiscovered Country: Journeys Among the Dead

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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 séances 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.

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"A first-class study of British attitudes to death and dying from the Middle Ages to the 20th century... A fascinating work of social history that is both scholarly and accessible to general readers " ( Financial Times)

"Watkins has a gift for conveying a feeling of place, and is good at conjuring up the dead, lifting the veil so that we can have a peek into the grave and beyond" ( Good Book Guide)

"Outstanding ... This may be a book about death but, paradoxically, it is one filled with intelligence and life" ( Sunday Times)

"Superbly written, shows how the meaning of life is still everywhere connected to what it means to die" (Ian Thomson Financial Times)

"A sensitive and fascinating history of an "undiscovered country" which, in many ways, mirrors the story of Britain" (John Gallagher Sunday Telegraph)

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A fascinating history of the changing - and enduring - beliefs about death, and what lies beyond.

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