The History and Politics of Exhumation

Royal Bodies and Lesser Mortals

  • Michael L. Nash

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  12. Back Matter
    Pages 299-341

About this book


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.


Morbid Fascination Cult of Death Ressurection Men Gothicism Archeology

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael L. Nash
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  1. 1.Norwich Business SchoolUniversity of East AngliaNorwichUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-24046-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-24047-9
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