A Gothic Cult

  • Michael L. Nash


Exhumations for dark purposes, where morbid curiosity is encouraged, is one of the themes of this chapter. Nash considers the origins of the Gothic movement from Horace Walpole to Edgar Allan Poe, and its particular application to exhumation.

The cult ranged from the respectable Society of Antiquaries and their officially sanctioned exhumations of Edward I and Henry III, which included the chance discovery of Thomas Beaufort to the really dark and reprehensible consequences of exhuming the bodies of Katherine Parr, Mary Tudor (sister of Henry VIII), and King John, and even some aspects of the exhumations of Charles I and Henry IV.

At its lowest point, it fell to the practices of Burke and Hare, where legal action followed.

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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