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Caring for Body and Soul: Burial and the Afterlife in the Merovingian World Paperback – May 8, 2008

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Editorial Reviews


“A very thorough and up-to-date study of death and burial in early medieval society.”

—Guy Halsall, Birkbeck College, University of London

“An attractive, well-produced book. . . . It is of interest both to early medieval scholars, and to those who wish to consider some, at least, of Merovingian ‘deathways’ in a larger perspective.”

—Bailey K. Young, The Medieval Review (TMR)

“I find much to praise in this book and nothing with which I sharply disagree.”

“So, then, this is a good book.”

—Thomas F.X. Noble, Spiritus

“These reservations aside, this is an important book that will be extremely useful for both students and scholars interested in the topic. Effros is familiar with both the primary and the secondary sources, and her clear and precise style brings some life to this gloomy and rather morbid chapter of Merovingian cultural history.”

—Yitzhak Hen, American Historical Review

“Minor criticisms (and they are minor) aside, this is a very valuable book. It deserves a wide readership and will be very useful for teaching. Above all, it is to be hoped that archaeologist of Ango-Saxon England read it.”

—Guy Halsall, History

“Effros has produced a well-written and well-researched book, which will serve as an excellent introduction to anyone approaching the topic of early-medieval funerary rituals for the first time.”

—Cristina La Rocca, Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies

About the Author

Bonnie Effros is Associate Professor of History at SUNY Binghamton and, during 2001-2002, the Sylvan C. Coleman and Pamela Coleman Memorial Fund Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is author of the book, Merovingian Mortuary Archaeology and the Making of the Early Middle Ages (2003).


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press (May 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0271027851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0271027852
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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