H-Death is a scholarly network that explores the multitude of historical issues surrounding the process and experience of dying and death. The H-Death network will allow scholars to compare and contrast the processes and experiences of dying and death across time and space, including American, European and non-Western contexts.

Recent Content

New book announcement - Technologies of the Human Corpse (MIT Press 2020)

Technologies of the Human Corpse

The relationship of the dead body with technology through history, from nineteenth-century embalming machines to the death-prevention technologies of today.

https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/technologies-human-corpse

Summary

The relationship of the dead body with technology through history, from nineteenth-century embalming machines to the death-prevention technologies of today.

New papers: Maria's Medicines for Mortals in the Medieval.

Dear Death Historians,

Just to let you know that Maria Manuscript (MS408) Plant Series Papers 9 & 10 are now available, along with a Lexicon of the words from papers 1 - 10. The language is Iberian Vernacular Latin, closest to Portuguese, Galician and Catalan. Much of the manuscript discusses avoidence of death in the Medieval by medicinal means, which was a preoccupation. 

https://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/005269

Avoiding Death in the Medieval.

Dear Death Historians,

A new free paper is now available to download, titled Plant Series, No. 8. MS408, Paris quadrifolia. The paper reveals some remarkable historic information about the use of the plant's toxins for treating conditions, diseases and infections. The plant also had religious significance due to its physical appearance, so it was believed to possess godly powers. This included salvation from death, which was a Medieval preoccupation.