Thursday, 18 June 2015

Perils of Piety: New Illustrations for BBC History Magazine

This month's BBC History Magazine features my illustrations for another article by Steven Gunn and Tomasz Gromelski, furthering their research into accidental deaths in Tudor England. This time they look at deaths caused in and around churches.

                                                                                                                                (c) Becca Thorne for BBC History Magazine

Piety was apparently a dangerous business in Elizabethan England, and death could come from dislodged stones, falling books, campanology or the catch-all 'divine providence'. The main illustration features some of the everyday activities that led to fatalities.

                                                                                                                                (c) Becca Thorne for BBC History Magazine