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Greyfriars Graveyard

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Author: Charlotte Golledge

When Greyfriars Graveyard opened in Edinburgh in the sixteenth century, built on the site of a Franciscan monastery on the edge of the Old Town below the castle, it became Edinburgh’s most important burial site. Over the centuries many of Edinburgh’s leading figures have been buried at Greyfriars, alongside many more ordinary folk, and it is home to a spectacular collection of post-Reformation monuments.

In this book local historian Charlotte Golledge takes the reader on a tour around Greyfriars Graveyard to reveal the history of the cemetery, from when James I granted the land as a monastery to the present day. She explores the huge variety of its monuments and gravestones and explains the symbolism behind the stones and carvings and how the styles changed over the years. Through this she paints a remarkable picture of life and death in Edinburgh over the centuries, which will appeal to both residents and visitors to the Scottish capital.

Book ISBN 9781445688183

Book Format Paperback

pages 96 pages

Publication Date 15 Oct 2018

Height 234

Width 165

Illustrations 100

Regular Price: £14.99

Special Price: £13.49

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A brilliant read.Review by Scharn
I love history but this book gives so much more than just history. So much interesting detail and effort has went into the writing of this book. Had me hooked from the start and really enjoyed finding out how different things were in these days. The detail on the meaning of the carvings and burials was quite intriguing and educational. Well done to the author and look forward to the next book. (Posted on 12/11/2018)
A great read. Review by Edward Price
This is an outstanding contribution to the continued preservation of such an important place. From the start the information given by the author is easy to understand and to take on board I especially like the in-depth descriptions of the intricate carvings and what they mean. When I next visit the wonderful Greyfriars I will make sure I take this book as it will show a whole different side to a place I thought I knew so well. Well done to amberley and the author for producing a very well presented and written publication. (Posted on 18/10/2018)
Fascinating read!Review by Roy
Whether you have a specific interest in Greyfriars Graveyard or a general interest in Scottish history or burial practices, this is the book for you. Filled with information that's presented in an easy to understand way and beautiful photos and artwork this is an incredibly absorbing read. I fully intended to pick it up and just flick through for a few minutes, hours later I surfaced and realised I'd devoured it all in one sitting. Very much looking forward to my next visit to the graveyard. (Posted on 18/10/2018)

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