Widow's Weeds and Weeping Veils Revised Mourning Rituals in 19th Century America (Autographed Copies)
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. By Bernadette Loeffel-Atkins. 56 pages with black & white photos, 5.5 x 8.5, Softcover.