Fragmenta Sepulchralia; A Glimpse of the Sepulchral and Early Monumental Remains of Great Britain

Fragmenta Sepulchralia; A Glimpse of the Sepulchral and Early Monumental Remains of Great Britain

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1840 edition. Excerpt: ...with regard to subdeacons and acolytes. A bishop was to be arrayed in his pontifical ornaments, and interred with them in the mode that had been observed for many previous centuries. The custom practised by some of placing a chalice in the hands of a priest was, according to this writer, disapproved of in France. When the coffin was ready, it was covered both within and on the exterior with white linen, so that the wood could not be seen; and in the bottom of the coffin, towards the middle, some bran was put, to imbibe any noisome matter or moisture that might exude or proceed from the body. The corpse was then placed within this linen in the coffin, and the ornaments were properly disposed, as also the alb, which reached to the shoes, which alone were visible. The head was elevated by pillows in such a manner that it might seem intent upon the cross held in the hands. According to instructions given in another part of the same work, respecting the interments of priests after the Roman usage, we are informed that they were to be habited in an amice, alb, girdle, and maniple, a stole with crosses, and a purple or violet-coloured chesible; the whole were to be blessed; the face uncovered, and a square cap fixed on the head, and the hands bare and joined together, holding a small crucifix. The coffin was to be covered with white linen, and the body was placed therein thus, --the head was elevated a little from the body, and the ornaments interred with it; a little linen was placed over the face when it was in the grave, and the cover of the coffin, which was raised and made en dos cFasne, was then put on it and nailed down. Many stone coffins have of late years been dug up, within the precincts of various cathedral and abbey churches, containing the..show more

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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123655647X
  • 9781236556479