How to Be A Victorian

How to Be A Victorian

eBook - 2014
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A "revelatory" (Wall Street Journal) romp through the intimate details of Victorian life, by an historian who has cheerfully endured them all. Lauded by critics, How to Be a Victorian is an enchanting manual for the insatiably curious, the "the cheapest time-travel machine you'll find" (NPR). Readers have fallen in love with Ruth Goodman, an historian who believes in getting her hands dirty. Drawing on her own firsthand adventures living in re-created Victorian conditions, Goodman serves as our bustling guide to nineteenth-century life. Proceeding from daybreak to bedtime, this charming, illustrative work "imagines the Victorians as intrepid survivors" (New Republic) of the most perennially fascinating era of British history. From lacing into a corset after a round of calisthenics to slipping opium to the little ones, Goodman's account of Victorian life "makes you feel as if you could pass as a native" (The New Yorker).
Publisher: [S.I.] : Liveright, 2014.
ISBN: 9780871408532
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Feb 19, 2018

Goodman is an engaging and enthusiastic presenter in the various historical re-creation shows with which she has been involved and this carries over to her written work. This is accessible, well-written and well-researched, including the author's own experiences in re-creation. It's invaluable as a resource for the history of the 'common-folk', who don't normally get a look-in in conventional history work. Considering that a lot of what we do today had its genesis in the Victorian era it's useful to know: if you don't know where you've been, it's hard to see where you're going, to my mind.

apollospacefan Nov 27, 2017

Eye opening peek into the life of Victorians, written by a British historian Ruth Goodman. Goodman can also be seen in various documentaries reenacting period information gleaned from the history books. So you can trust her when she writes, "After a few days I found that I was able to be as vigorous in my corset and with my waist reduced by four inches as ever I was." (p. 70) Goodman brings history to life and writes with so much experience that bland facts are extremely interesting and her book reads well.

Jul 28, 2015

Very educational and well researched!

May 07, 2015

Fascinating description of everything you can think of about the Victorian Age. The author really lived the life and can offer insights most scholars never considered. I found the chapters on dress and home life made history come alive. It's like a trip back in time!

Jan 09, 2015

This is a richly detailed history of Victorian life. It was obviously well researched and often the author had her own anecdotes from her experiences as living as a Victorian. This book is almost the opposite of dry and you will find yourself entertained the whole way through!

BookAdvisorSara Dec 03, 2014

A well-researched book by BBC historian Ruth Goodman, “How to Be a Victorian” details daily Victorian life, morning until night from a range of socioeconomic perspectives. By supplementing primary sources with her own experiences on TV series “Victorian Farm,” Goodman manages to make even the mundane seem interesting.

multcolib_karene Dec 02, 2014

If you really want to know how people lived in Victorian England, read this book. I sure am glad I didn't live during those times!

hgeng63 Nov 01, 2014

Not as exciting as Lucy Worsley's If Walls Could Talk.


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