Session 1302: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, IV: Death
Wednesday 9 July 2008, 16.30-18.00
|Organiser:||Barney Sloane, English Heritage, London|
|Moderator/Chair:||Roberta Gilchrist, Department of Archaeology, University of Reading|
|Paper 1302-a||Death, Disease, and Breastfeeding in Infants from Medieval Wharram Percy|
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Daily Life
|Paper 1302-c||Chantry Chapels: Building for Death|
Index terms: Architecture - Religious
And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
Death is, of course, a universal, natural, experience for all living things. Unsurprisingly, the links between medieval views of death and the natural world are myriad. This session will explore just a few of these from an archaeological and architectural perspective.