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Why was writer Ben Johnson buried standing up?

Asked by nargis bhambi, 03 Aug '08 12:43 am
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Ben Johnsn asked King Charles I to be granted 18 square inches of land anywhere in England that he chose. The King thought this too little and offered more, but Jonson refused, saying that what he asked for would serve his purpose. When King Charles granted the wish, Jonson asked for an 18 square inch plot in the Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey, where he was eventually buried, standing up, with the inscription above his head, "O rare Ben Jonson!"

In 1849, when another grave was dug nearby, the wall of Jonson's grave collapsed into the new one. The superintendent in charge of the work detail said that he saw "the two leg-bones of Jonson, fixed bolt upright in the sand, as though the body had been buried in the upright position; and the skull came rolling down among the sand, from the position above the leg-bones, to the bottom of the newly made grave. There was still hair upon it, and it was of a red colour."
Answered by Janis, 03 Aug '08 02:41 am

 
  
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What rocky said may be true......, i didn't know this........
Answered by minati vishwakarma, 03 Aug '08 12:48 am

 
  
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Jonson has been credited of telling the Dean of Westminster that he wished to be buried in the poet's corner of Westminster Abbey and six feet long by two feet wide was too much for him. Two feet by two is all he wanted .
He had died in abject poverty.
Answered by joyoti sen, 03 Aug '08 01:04 am

 
  
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One day the Dean of Westminster spoke to him about being buried in Poets Corner, and Jonson is said to have told him: six feet long by two feet wide is too much for me. Two feet by two is all I want ...
Answered by rocky robust, 03 Aug '08 12:46 am

 
  
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