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The modern term graveyard has become the general umbrella term for burial places (which had various designations historically and regionally). The early modern graveyard developed from the medieval Christian “churchyard,” whose location was based on the desire of Catholic Christians for burial near the relics (Saint) and liturgical actions in a church building. Burial in or immediately next to the church was considered a social privileg…

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Fischer, Norbert, “Graveyard”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 01 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019510>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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