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Written after the discovery of over forty Bronze Age burial urns in seventeenth-century Norfolk, Sir Thomas Browne's profound consideration of the inevitability of death remains one of the most fascinating and poignant of all reflections upon the vanity of mankind's lust for immortality.
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A Note on the Text
UrneBurial or A Brief Discourse of the Sepulchrall Urnes Lately Found in Norfolk
A Letter to a Friend Upon Occasion of the Death of his Intimate Friend
from Religio Medici
from Enquiries into Very Many Received Tenets and Commonly Presumed Truths