Restoration London

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Phoenix, 1997 - Great Britain - 330 pages
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From poverty to pets, medicine to magic, slang to sex and from wallpaper to women's rights - a glorious portrait of life in London from 1660-1670, by the bestselling author of ELIZABETH'S LONDON.

Making use of every possible contemporary source - diaries, memoirs, advice books, government papers, almanacs, even the Register of Patents - Liza Picard presents an engrossing picture of how life in London was really lived in the 1600s: the 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 vividly brought to life.

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User Review  - Balnaves - LibraryThing

'This is a joy of a book. Its style is both simple and evocative ... it radiates throughout that quality so essential in a good historian: infinite curiosity' OBSERVER In 1660, London seethed with a ... Read full review

RESTORATION LONDON: From Poverty to Pets, from Medicine to Magic, from Slang to Sex, from Wallpaper to Women's Rights

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An entertainingly over-stocked historical digest of life during London's liveliest decade of the 17th century, 1660—70. Picard, a lawyer at Gray's Inn and an amateur historian, is uninterested in ... Read full review

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About the author (1997)

Liza Picard was born in 1927. She read law at the London School of Economics and qualified as a barrister, but did not practise. She worked for many years in the office of the Solicitor of the Inland Revenue and lived in Gray's Inn and Hackney, before retiring to live in Oxford. Restoration London, the result of many years' interest and research into London life, was her first book.

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