15 November 2019

BOOK: Michael L. NASH, The History and Politics of Exhumation - Royal Bodies and Lesser Mortals (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). ISBN 978-3-030-24046-2, 84.79 EUR

Palgrave Macmillan has published a new book on the politics and history of exhumation.


This book argues that a serious, scholarly study on exhumation is long overdue. Examining more well-known cases, such as that of Richard III, the Romanovs, and Tutankhamen, alongside the more obscure, Michael Nash explores the motivations beyond exhumation, from retribution to repatriation. Along the way, he explores the influence of Gothic fiction in the eighteenth century, the notoriety of the Ressurection Men in the nineteenth century, and the archeological heyday of the twentieth century.


Michael L. Nash is a well-known legal and royal historian, consultant and broadcaster who teaches at the University of East Anglia, UK. He is a Judge of the Diocesan Tribunal of East Anglia and royal historian of BBC Radio Norfolk. He has contributed over 200 articles to legal and historical publications and his previous book, Royal Wills in Britain from 1509 to 2008, was published by Palgrave in 2017.


Table of contents (10 chapters)
Pages 1-3
Royal Bodies and Lesser Mortals
Pages 5-15
Retribution and Reparation
Pages 17-65
Identity & Investigation: I
Pages 67-127
Identity & Investigation: II
Pages 129-157
A Gothic Cult
Pages 159-191
The Odour of Sanctity
Pages 193-217
Royal Requiem
Pages 219-253
Law Sacred and Secular
Pages 255-265
Reasons Many and Various
Pages 267-325

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