'A joy of a book ... It radiates throughout that quality so essential in a good historian: infinite curiosity' Observer
How did you clean your teeth in the 1660s? What make-up did you wear? What pets did you keep?
Making use of every possible contemporary source, Liza Picard presents an engrossing picture of how life in London was really lived in an age of Samuel Pepys, the libertine court of Charles II and the Great Fire of London. The topics covered include houses and streets, gardens and parks, cooking, clothes and jewellery, cosmetics, hairdressing, housework, laundry and shopping, medicine and dentistry, sex education, hobbies, etiquette, law and crime, religion and popular belief. The London of 350 years ago is brought (and sometimes horrifyingly) to life.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Lord_Boris - LibraryThing
Essentially a book of facts regarding every day life in London between 1660 and 1670. I was a bit disappointed as the only time London seemed to come alive was when the book quoted from the diary of Samuel Pepys. There is some interesting information in here but I found it mostly a bit flat. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - souloftherose - LibraryThing
Based almost entirely on primary sources, Picard has written a book that looks at almost every area of day to day life in Restoration London: from medicine to housing and social life to waste disposal ... Read full review