Letter: A hearty burial

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The Independent Online
Sir: The Church in medieval England had no problem with how to bury a person in two places at once ("Priests puzzle over double burial", 26 April). They simply cut out the heart and buried it in one church, and buried the body in another. The beautiful gravestone from the heart burial of Joanna, wife of Fulke de St Edmond who was Sheriff of the City of London in 1289-90, found in the church of St Swithin London Stone, in Cannon Street in the City, is exhibited in the medieval gallery of the Museum of London. She is shown holding her heart.

Dr Peter Marsden

Shipwreck Heritage Centre

Hastings, East Sussex