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Permanent Londoners: An Illustrated Guide to the Cemeteries of London

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From the tombs of royalty to the Great Plague Pit in Bunhill Fields, Culbertson and Randall invite readers to visit London grave sites in the latest in their popular series of cemetery guides ( Permanent Parisians , LJ 6/15/86; Permanent New Yorkers , LJ 10/15/87). The authors provide a nice mix of architecture and history, as they describe the markers and give capsule bio ...more
Paperback, 327 pages
Published March 5th 1991 by Chelsea Green Publishing Company
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I love the Culbertson and Randall "Permanent" series books because they don't strive to be comprehensive. Other cemetery guides become tedious lists of all the famous people jammed into a cemetery, but these books go for depth instead, collecting up biographies of a few choice permanent residents. It's arguable you take more away from this series than the others, where either you recognize the famous names or you don't.

While Permanent Londoners spends a fair amount of time on the Magnificent Sev
This is a thick guide to the cemeteries of the city, with a focus on the burial places of the rich and famous. In London, that means royals, poets and writers, and historical figures. It starts off at Westminster Abbey, proceeds to The Tower of London, covers St. Paul's, Highgate, Hampstead and Golder's Green, then into South London and Windsor. Along with directions and descriptions of burial spots, biographies or historical information about the person or grave marker is included. There are bl ...more
This is a book that I kept in my car to flip through whenever I was waiting and in need of a book. It was great for that because I could pick it up and read a bit about some London cemeteries and people buried in them and easily put it down again. So, now I'm going to have to come up with another book like this for the car.
Even though it's much more of a tour guidebook than anything else, it still made for very interesting reading. The bios are clear and concise. I havent been to most of the places included, but for those that I have, I found the directions to be quite accurate. Recommended for Anglophiles and cemetery buffs.
this book is essentially a travel guide involving things i like a lot: london, dead people, old churches, and historical and cultural biographies.

the author is a little quirky, which is nice, but some people whom he chose to mention in passing are ones i would have liked to have known about.

this book was fun. recommended if you're someone who's interested in epitaphs and memorials in a historical context.
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