Memento Mori: The Function and Meaning of Breton Ossuaries 1450–1750

  • Elizabeth Musgrave


Visitors to western Brittany in the nineteenth century were impressed by three attributes of Breton culture: the Celtic language and traditions, Catholic piety and a remarkable veneration for the dead. A départemental administrator who toured Finistère in 1829–31, remarked ‘nothing is more sacred… than the veneration given to the dead, than the religion of the tomb’ (Badone, 1989, pp. 1–2).


Eighteenth Century Seventeenth Century Human Remains Fifteenth Century Popular Belief 
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