Death in England provides the first ever social history of death from the earliest times 500,000 BC to Diana, Princess of Wales. The book reveals how attitudes, practices and beliefs about death have undergone constant change: how, why and at what ages people died; plagues and violence; wills and deathbeds; funerals and memorials; beliefs and bereavement. Richly illustrated - striking and often very powerful images. In time with the spirit of the age and coming Millenium key scholars in their field write on their respective periods. With the recent upturn of popular interest in death - through films,TV, books and newspapers - this book will prove stimulating to the general reader; to students of archaeology, art, history, medicine and sociology.