Why England Once Forced Everyone to Be Buried …

Why England Once Forced Everyone to Be Buried in Wool:

I solemnly swear
that this dead person was not wrapped in anything “made or
mingled with Flax Hempe Silke Haire Gold or Silver,” but rather in a shroud
“made of Sheeps Wooll onely …” This strange and specific oath was taken by
witnesses to English burials for more than a century, by order of Parliament.
As of March
25, 1667
, everyone in the country had to be buried in woolen (rather than
linen) shrouds—on pain of a hefty £5 fine taken from the deceased’s estate or
his or her associates. 

Here’s what Parliament saw in 1665: lots of sheep, lots
of imported linen, and lots of death.

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