Daily Life in 18th-century England

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999 - History - 395 pages
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The eighteenth century was dirtier, more dangerous and more intimate with the physical functions of life than our own. This excellent study of England during this era provides a wealth of information for students and interested readers who want to discover the everyday details of living. What does it really mean to read the riot act? Why does Yankee Doodle call his hat macaroni? What's the scoop on pig's face, boiled puddings, powdered wigs, farthings, face patches, and footmen? Find out in this introduction to the work of gouty squires, scurvy sailors, hanged apprentices, and underpaid maids-of-all work.

Illuminating the food, habits, language, behavior, sex lives, childhoods, health care, housing, and attitudes of 18th-century English people, this exploration of the time and place also provides the reader with such detailed information as how people fought, courted, drank, married, traveled, worshipped, shopped, and dressed. Twenty chapters describe and illustrate the century's politics, class structure, family structure, urban and rural environments, architecture and much more. Also offered are recipes, so the reader can recreate an eighteenth-century meal, song lyrics, children's rhymes, rules for eighteenth-century games, an extensive list of salaries for different occupations, the text of the original Riot Act, reproduced cosmetics recipes, and other concrete examples of daily life and language that make the century tangible.

 

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While the author is addicted to lists (and therefore wins the prize for the most commas in a single book!), this volume is a treasure trove of information illuminating 18th century England. I'll leave ... Read full review

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I have only read a few chapters of this book, but it is the perfect book for studying any aspect of the 18th Century. Other readers may just be reading for enjoyment or pleasure, but even then it is a fantastic book. For me, I am using it as a book to help me with a project for school. This is a perfect book as it includes:
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I don't rate all books that I read 5 stars, but this truly deserves 5 stars! Congratulations Kirstin Olsen on a superb book!
 

Contents

Introduction
xi
A Nation of Prime Ministers Politics
1
Not Created Equal Class and Race
13
Twenty Pounds Will Marry Me The Family
31
The Supreme City London
57
They Were Once a Kind of Barbarians The Provinces
71
Up to My Knees in Brick and Mortar Housing
81
Cork Rumps and Cocked Hats Clothing
95
Robbers Burglars etc Law and Order
205
A Progeny of Learning Education
221
The Roast Beef of Old England Food and Drink
231
I Love a Mob Behavior
249
One Foot Within the Grave Health Care and Hygiene
261
Religion
279
Orreries Dephlogisticated Air and Spinning Jennies Science and Technology
293
Notes
307

Days Weeks Months and Years The Passage of Time
111
Do What Youre Bidden Work and Wages
121
What Joy Was Mine Entertainment
147
The Turnpike Roads of the Kingdom Transportation and Communication
171
The Main Business of the Life of Man The Economy
187
Glossary
349
Bibliography
353
Index
357
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KIRSTIN OLSEN is the author of several books including "Chronology of Women's History" (Greenwood, 1994).

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