In sleepy Fenland St Paul, the death of a villager is marked by nine rings of the great bell, Tailor Paul, in the tower of the church. The visiting sleuth, Lord Peter Wimsey, finds himself challenged by a mystery involving jewel theft and murder that centres on the bell tower. Only Wimsey's knowledge of campanology allows him to decipher the coded message that unravels the tale. Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bellringer, lives in the belfry of Notre Dame and has been made deaf by the bells.
A death knell is the ringing of a church bell immediately after a death to announce it. Historically it was the second of three bells rung around death, the first being the passing bell to warn of impending death, and the last was the lych bell or corpse bell, which survives today as the funeral toll. In England, an ancient custom was the ringing of bells at three specific times before and after death. Sometimes a passing bell was first rung when the person was still dying,   then the death knell upon the death,  and finally the lych bell, which was rung at the funeral as the procession approached the church. The ringing of the lych bell is now called the funeral toll.
Pongphisoot Busbarat, Guest Contributor - 13 Sep, Foremost, it introduces interesting historical material that has not been widely used in the study of Thai history especially during the Ayutthaya period. It is the record of Jacques de Coutre,  a Flemish merchant serving the Portuguese in Malacca who came to Ayutthaya for eight months during the reign of King Naresuan. With reference to this new evidence, the article also allows us to rethink sexuality and related practices in Siamese society including same-sex relationship and forms of sexual enhancement.
Top definition. With Bells On unknown. To arrive triumphantly. In the days of delivering freight by horse or mule drawn wagons, the teamsters would often festoon their rigs with ornate bells. If they became stuck or otherwise needed help from another teamster , they had to "pay" the one helping them get out of trouble by giving him or her some of their bells.