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posted on 20.09.2022, 10:59 authored by Rachael Jones, KDM Snell
Churchyard and cemetery memorials are increasingly important to historians for themes such as family and community history, demography, artistic styles, and changing attitudes to mortality. In this article, via analysis of 250 Anglican, Nonconformist and cemetery burial sites in England and Wales, the authors investigate the use of angels and cherubs as gravestone features and look closely at the chronology of such representations. Building on historical, ecclesiastical and literary scholarship, they shed light on the phenomenon of these ‘winged beings’ as grave markers, and evaluate well over 1,000 memorials to reveal distinctive trends affecting gender, changing styles, and survivals. The authors consider denominational and Welsh-English cultural differences, and highlight an extraordinary array of angelic/cherub representation in gendered child and adult gravestones from the early modern period into the twenty-first century. Memorialisation via angels long survived the Reformation and is flourishing today - the article discusses why.

History

Author affiliation

School of History, Politics and International Relations, University of Leicester

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Published in

Family & Community History

Volume

24

Issue

2

Pagination

85 - 119

Publisher

ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD

issn

1463-1180

eissn

1751-3812

Copyright date

2021

Available date

20/09/2022

Language

English