Monuments and Memory in Early Modern England

Sherlock, Peter
Date published: 
April 2008

This book is a study of the material culture of memory in sixteenth and seventeenth-century England, in the form of monuments to the dead. By interpreting messages of their images and inscriptions, it explores how early modern people wanted to be remembered - their social vision, cultural ideals, religious beliefs and political values. Arguing that early modern English monuments were not simply formulaic statements about and memory, Dr Sherlock instead reveals them to be deliberately crafted messages to future generations. Through careful reading of monuments he shows that much can be learned about how men and women conceived of the world around them and shifting concepts of gender, social order and the place of humans within the universe.