Matteo Giunti and Giacomo Lorenzini (eds.), "Un archivio di pietra: l'antico cimitero degli inglesi di Livorno, note storiche e progetti di restauro", Pacini Editore, 2013, 209 pages with colour illustrations. NOW AVAILABLE IN PDF FORMAT
An Archive of Stone - The Old English Cemetery of Livorno, edited by Matteo Giunti and Giacomo Lorenzini, front cover
While in other countries the study of cemeteries attracts special attention, dealing with aspects that range from the historic and artistic to the naturalistic, in Italy surprisingly little space is dedicated to the subject, despite the country’s deep-rooted religious culture. The Old English Cemetery of Livorno is no exception: as one of the most significant yet least known monuments in the city, hidden in the shadows of modern apartment blocks, enclosed within its high boundary wall and overgrown with brambles and weeds, the cemetery is indeed a rich "archive of stone" (as the title of the book proposes) and has been unjustly disregarded for many years, even by the historiography.
Now, almost four centuries since the foundation of the cemetery, this volume not only represents a rediscovery of the site itself, but also brings to light a number of singular findings of great significance, and clarifies for the first time the numerous theories formulated over the years without firm documentary evidence.