Thomas Browne, 'Urne-Buriall' (1658)

Thomas Browne, 'Urne-Buriall' (1658)
Fellows' Library, Winchester College

Title Page: Thomas Browne, Urne-Buriall (London, 1658) 

Urne-Buriall, otherwise known as Hydriotaphia, tells of the discovery of Saxon burial urns at Walsingham, which Browne mistakenly believed to be Roman. After a consideration of the urns in relation to various funerary practices, he offers a morbid conclusion: ‘man is a Noble Animal, splendid in ashes, and pompous in the grave’. 

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