I have to write about a funeral, 18th century, upper class. Who or what goes in the church first? The coffin, the family, or other visitors?
Any other information about 18th century catholic funerals is more than welcome.
I haven't the faintest clue how to look this one up.
A previous post mentioned opiates and, er, v-something (the appropriate tags are down, if the post was tagged) as sedatives that would be available in medieval(ish) times, but what would be the tech-level-appropriate way to actually give opiates (or whatever would be likeliest, though opiates have the advantage of a recognizable common name associated with 'em) to a patient about to be operated upon? Tea? Alcohol extract? Swallowed whole as a powder/paste/pill? Chewing on the appropriate plant part? (and, if anyone happens to have the url of that earlier post, the one about amputating wings, handy, then bonus...)