The Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in Regency and Victorian England, From 1811-1901

The Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in Regency and Victorian England, From 1811-1901

Book - 1998 | 1st ed.
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In this timesaving reference book, respected author and historian Kristine Hughes brings 19th century England to life as she leads you through the details that characterize this fascinating era. From slice-of-life facts, anecdotes and firsthand accounts, to sweeping timelines and major historical events, this guide presents the delightful and often surprising daily realities of Regency and Victorian England. With it, you'll craft a vibrant story as you learn what people ate, from pigeon pie and turtle dinners to syllabub and milk punch, where a prisoner would go if he were remanded to the "hulks; " the four coats a gentleman must have in his wardrobe, and other fashion requirements of the era; the rules honored by decent society, from the proper way to promenade to the polite hours to "call; " how couples married and divorced, through churching, wife-selling and other practices; what people did for work, from cottagers and climbing boys to milkmaids and manservants; the meaning of common slang words like mawleys and moleskins; what Cook's Tours were life and where they could take the adventurous; and trends in entertainment, such as dandies, panoramas and more.
Publisher: Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest Books, c1998.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780898798128
Branch Call Number: 306.0942 HUGHES
Characteristics: 248 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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Jan 24, 2011

For a very quick overview of Regency and Victorian England, this is likely a decent book - Though I'm still trying to figure out why the author felt the need to smash both periods together into a single book.

I felt that it was too simplified and at times the format of short sections was problematic. For instance, the food and diet chapter was disappointing since it barely talked about the actual common diet and focused more on things like mock turtle soup. The clothing section was also lackluster - As if the author threw things together simply to get onto another section that interested her more.

All-in-all, though, there is some good information in it as long as you aren't seeking in-depth answers like I was.


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