In the nineteenth-century, death was an ever
present companion. High infant mortality and risk in
childbirth, disease and warfare were daily reminders of
the impermanence of life and the inevitability of death.
The Victorian era both in Europe and America
saw the rituals of mourning rise above the practical use
of providing closure for those left behind. Mourning
became an art form through which is not only grief,
but also religious feeling, social obligation, and even
fashion could be expressed.
Widow's Weeds and Weeping Veils explores
how Victorians viewed death and dying, describing the
cultural and social changes that occurred as a result
of the historical events of their time. This concise,
informative work is ideal for students of the nineteenth-
century, Civil War enthusiasts and anyone interested in
Victorian era culture.
******All copies autographed by author Bernadette Loeffel-Atkins