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Funeral Memorials

The nobles in the 17th century liked to put up memorials in the church after a funeral. There were two kinds. The first was called funeral weapon; a shield were the deceased coat of arms were painted together with dates of birth and death. Often there were also some words explaining how he came to meet his end and also a mention of his status in life. They had been used during the funeral when someone carried them in front of the coffin. Afterwards they were hung on the churchwall. The other kind was called Epitafium. It also contains the coat of arms of the deceased and some words but wasn’t used during the funeral. It could take many shapes. Paintings, sculptures or some simple words engraved in stone. The custom died out in the 18th century.

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