French Funeral Etiquette and Mourning in the Late 1800s

French funeral etiquette and mourning in the late 1800s involved numerous rules. For instance, the French operated under a law that a deceased person’s corpse could not be retained by the family for more than three days after death because ice was scarce. and the ice-box was unknown at the time. Thus, “three days [was]…

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On French Customs and Manners by a Scotsman

Tobias George Smollett was a Scottish poet and author best known for his eighteenth century novels, which included The Adventures of Roderick Random and The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle. He was also a great traveler with strong opinions. In the mid 1700s he went abroad with his wife and did so not only for pleasure…

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