By Catharine Arnold
From Roman burial rites to the horrors of the plague, from the founding of the nice Victorian cemeteries to the advance of cremation and the present method of metropolitan society in the direction of dying and bereavement—including newer developments to screens of collective grief and the cult of mourning, similar to that surrounding the demise of Diana, Princess of Wales—Necropolis: London and Its Dead bargains a brilliant ancient narrative of this nice city's perspective to going the way in which of all flesh.
As layer upon layer of London soil finds burials from pre-historic and medieval instances, the town is printed as one gigantic grave, full of the is still of past eras—pagan, Roman, medieval, Victorian. This attention-grabbing mix of archaeology, structure and anecdote comprises such phenomena because the upward thrust of the venture alternate and the pageantry of kingdom funerals; public executions and bodysnatching.
Ghoulishly pleasing and entire of interesting nuggets of knowledge, Necropolis leaves no gravestone unturned in its exploration of our altering attitudes to the deceased between us. either anecdotal background and cultural remark, Necropolis will take its position along classics of the town corresponding to Peter Ackroyd’s London.
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The rates in Glasgow and the south west of Scotland are immediately striking. London and other English urban centres follow with the next highest SMRs. Much of the remainder of rural and provincial Britain has substantially lower rates. Male to female ratio of deaths from this cause 90+ 85–89 80–84 75–79 Males 70–74 Females 65–69 60–64 55–59 A discussion of the cause of death is here, together with commentary on the map. There may also be a diagram or a photograph on this page. This cause of death includes killing by cutting or stabbing using a sharp object, most commonly a knife or broken glass.
It includes killing which may be intentional or unintentional; many of these assaults are impulsive, related to alcohol and drug misuse, and assailants use whatever weapon is to hand. Often the knife used is a kitchen knife in a domestic incident. Women are more commonly murdered by their partners. Men are more commonly murdered by someone to whom they are unrelated. Blunt-ended table knives were introduced in the 18th century to reduce the injuries resulting from arguments over the dinner table in public eateries (Hern et al, 2005).
Few areas in Scotland record rates below 90% of the national average. In the north of England such lower rates are only common in north Yorkshire and the more affluent parts of Lancashire. This overall pattern is largely a reflection of the smoking and poverty gradient across Britain, although there are many other causal factors implicated in cancer deaths. There is also evidence that non-smokers were more likely to migrate out of areas such as the poorer parts of Glasgow than were smokers over the course of these years, so differential migration also accounts for part of the patterns seen.