Next week at Sotheby’s an engraved bronze relic from 1658, taken from the coffin of Oliver Cromwell, is for sale. It is to be sold in London on 9th December 2014 in the English Literature and History Auction and can be yours for about £12,000. Cromwell was buried as a King but exhumed as a criminal. The bronze plaque, engraved with the coat of arms of the Commonwealth, was buried with him in his coffin at Westminster Abbey in 1658 and purloined by the Serjeant of the House of Commons, James Norfolk, when Cromwell was dug up on the orders of the Restoration Parliament in 1661.
It is possible to provide security against other ills, but as far as death is concerned we live in a city without walls
Death happens to everybody.
We are all equal before death.
Death is natural.
After the body dies, it rots.
We are all mortal.
There is no life after death.
Extinction of the self is inevitable.
Nothing of the ego survives death.
After death there is nothing.
Death cannot be defeated.
These are comforting words to me.