Restoration London

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Phoenix, May 1, 2003 - Great Britain - 330 pages
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Making use of every possible contemporary source - diaries, memoirs, advice books, government papers, almanacs, even the Register of Patents - Liza Picard presents an enthralling 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 beliefs.

'There is almost no aspect of life in Restoration London that is not meticulously described in these 300-odd pages' Jan Morris, Independent

'This is a joy of a book. Its style is both simple and evocative...And it radiates throughout that quality so essential in a good historian: infinite curiosity' Roy Porter, Observer

'A pot pourri of the ordinary and the extraordinary, the predictable and the astonishing' Literary Review

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Review: Restoration London: Everyday Life in the 1660s

User Review  - Francesca Scanlan - Goodreads

Bloosy amazing and indispensable reference book, that is also great to just sit down and read! Read full review

Review: Restoration London: Everyday Life in the 1660s

User Review  - Goodreads

Bloosy amazing and indispensable reference book, that is also great to just sit down and read! Read full review

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About the author (2003)

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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