THE EMPIRE OF DEATH
A CULTURAL HISTORY OF OSSUARIES AND CHARNEL HOUSES
Visitors to the Paris catacombs were once greeted with a sign telling them that they were entering THE EMPIRE OF DEATH. Beginning in the early modern period and continuing to the 19th century, elaborately decorated charnels, tombs and chapels were constructed with the focus on human bone. This riveting book takes the reader on a tour of these macabre masterpieces with specially taken, arresting photographs and a commentary researched from a multitude of sources.