Crypt : Life, Death and Disease in the Middle Ages and Beyond


Author: Roberts, Alice Published 29/02/2024 | Hardback
162 x 242 x 30 | 536g

ISBN: 9781398519237 Category:

THE SUNDAY TIMES NO. 1 BESTSELLER ‘Compulsive . . . A wonderful display of how modern archaeology can bring hidden histories to life’ Daily Telegraph  ‘Gripping . . . I found it hard to put down’ Evening Standard ‘Gripping… Fascinating… While bodily remains tell excellent tales, they require an equally vivid historical context if they are to come fully alive’ Guardian ‘Another really good book from archaeologist Alice Roberts . . . Helps you understand the facts on a technical level, but also makes you feel them in your bones’ New Scientist The new book by Sunday Times bestselling author of Ancestors and Buried – the final instalment in Professor Alice Roberts’ acclaimed trilogy.

We can unlock secrets from bones preserved for centuries in tombs, graves and crypts.

The history of the Middle Ages is typically the story of the rich and powerful, there’s barely a written note for most people’s lives. Archaeology represents another way of interrogating our history. By using cutting-edge science to examine human remains and burials, it is possible to unearth details about how individuals lived and died that give us a new understanding of the past – one that is more intimate and inclusive than ever before.

  The seven stories in Crypt are not comforting tales. We meet the patients at one of the earliest hospitals in England and the victims of the St Brice’s Day Massacre. We see a society struggling to make sense of disease, disability and death, as incurable epidemics sweep through medieval Europe. We learn of a protracted battle between Church and State that led to the murder of Thomas Becket and the destruction of the most famous tomb in England. And we come face to face with the archers who went down with Henry VIII’s favourite ship, the Mary Rose.

 Beautifully written and expertly researched by Professor Alice Roberts, Crypt is packed with thrilling discoveries that will make you see the history of Britain afresh.

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