Law Sacred and Secular
Exhumation concerns both the Civil and the Canon Law, the law of the State and the law of the Church. Nash finds that this may be too simple, as it may concern the laws of the Anglican and Catholic Churches and other faiths too. The role and personnel of the Consistory Courts of Canterbury and York are covered.
The phenomenon of “contamination” is considered, both in historic and present contexts, and how it can be approached.
The ownership of corpses, graves, grave-goods, coffins, and burial grounds also gives rise to many problems, decisions, and interpretations. Re-internment and re-burial too are features of exhumation.