About Catharine Arnold:
Catharine Arnold is a British author, journalist and academic, best known for her 'London' series of five popular history books: Necropolis: London and Its Dead, Bedlam: London and its mad and City of Sin: London and its vices. Underworld London: Crime and Punishment in the Capital City 2012 and Globe Life in Shakespeare's London 2015). Catharine Arnold read English at Girton College Cambridge and holds a post-graduate degree in psychology.
The faithful clamoured to be buried alongside the martyrs, as close as possible to the venerable remains, a custom which, in anthropological terms, recalls Neolithic beliefs that certain human remains possessed supernatural properties. It was believe...Catharine Arnold
The Romans feared their dead. In fact, Roman funeral customs derived from a need to propitiate the sensibilities of the departed. The very word funus may be translated as dead body, funeral ceremony, or murder. There was a genuine concern that, if no...Catharine Arnold
Meanwhile, we have carved out a place for ourselves among the dead; the glittering pinnacles of commerce rise along the skyline, their foundations sunk in a charnel house; and the lost lie forgotten below us as, overhead, we persaude ourselves that w...Catharine Arnold