Daily Life in 18th-century England

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999 - 395페이지
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The eighteenth century was dirtier, more dangerous and more intimate with the physical functions of life than our own. This excellent study of England during this era provides a wealth of information for students and interested readers who want to discover the everyday details of living. What does it really mean to read the riot act? Why does Yankee Doodle call his hat macaroni? What's the scoop on pig's face, boiled puddings, powdered wigs, farthings, face patches, and footmen? Find out in this introduction to the work of gouty squires, scurvy sailors, hanged apprentices, and underpaid maids-of-all work.

Illuminating the food, habits, language, behavior, sex lives, childhoods, health care, housing, and attitudes of 18th-century English people, this exploration of the time and place also provides the reader with such detailed information as how people fought, courted, drank, married, traveled, worshipped, shopped, and dressed. Twenty chapters describe and illustrate the century's politics, class structure, family structure, urban and rural environments, architecture and much more. Also offered are recipes, so the reader can recreate an eighteenth-century meal, song lyrics, children's rhymes, rules for eighteenth-century games, an extensive list of salaries for different occupations, the text of the original Riot Act, reproduced cosmetics recipes, and other concrete examples of daily life and language that make the century tangible.

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While the author is addicted to lists (and therefore wins the prize for the most commas in a single book!), this volume is a treasure trove of information illuminating 18th century England. I'll leave ... 전체 리뷰 읽기

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Introduction
xi
A Nation of Prime Ministers Politics
1
Not Created Equal Class and Race
13
Twenty Pounds Will Marry Me The Family
31
The Supreme City London
57
They Were Once a Kind of Barbarians The Provinces
71
Up to My Knees in Brick and Mortar Housing
81
Cork Rumps and Cocked Hats Clothing
95
Robbers Burglars etc Law and Order
205
A Progeny of Learning Education
221
The Roast Beef of Old England Food and Drink
231
I Love a Mob Behavior
249
One Foot Within the Grave Health Care and Hygiene
261
Religion
279
Orreries Dephlogisticated Air and Spinning Jennies Science and Technology
293
Notes
307

Days Weeks Months and Years The Passage of Time
111
Do What Youre Bidden Work and Wages
121
What Joy Was Mine Entertainment
147
The Turnpike Roads of the Kingdom Transportation and Communication
171
The Main Business of the Life of Man The Economy
187
Glossary
349
Bibliography
353
Index
357
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221 페이지 - Observe me, Sir Anthony — I would by no means wish a daughter of mine to be a progeny of learning; I dont think so much learning becomes a young woman ; for instance — I would never let her meddle with Greek, or Hebrew, or algebra, or simony, or fluxions, or paradoxes, or such inflammatory branches of learning...
57 페이지 - Change ; a dramatick enthusiast, as the grand scene of theatrical entertainments; a man of pleasure, as an assemblage of taverns, and the great emporium for ladies of easy virtue. But the intellectual man is struck with it, as comprehending the whole of human life in all its variety, the contemplation of which is inexhaustible.
68 페이지 - I have passed all my days in London, until I have formed as many and intense local attachments as any of you mountaineers can have done with dead Nature. The lighted shops of the Strand and Fleet Street...
48 페이지 - Confusion of progeny constitutes the essence of the crime ; and therefore a woman who breaks her marriage vows is much more criminal than a man who does it.
100 페이지 - The women look like angels, and would be more beautiful than the sun, were it not for little black spots that are apt to break out in their faces, and sometimes rise in very odd figures. I have observed that those little blemishes wear off very soon; but when they disappear in one part of the face, they are very apt to break out in another, insomuch that I have seen a spot upon the forehead in the afternoon, which was upon the chin in the morning.
4 페이지 - That the Duchess of Queensberry is surprised and well pleased that the King hath given her so agreeable a command as to stay from Court, where she never came for diversion, but to bestow a great civility on the King and Queen...
163 페이지 - King ! Long live our noble King! God save the King! Send him victorious, Happy and glorious, Long to reign over us ! God save the King!
91 페이지 - We have discovered the point of perfection. We have given the true model of gardening to the world; let other countries mimic or corrupt our taste; but let it reign here on its verdant throne, original by its elegant simplicity, and proud of no other art than that of softening nature's harshnesses and copying her graceful touch.
82 페이지 - tis true, quite sick of Rome and Greece, We fetch our models from the wise Chinese; European artists are too cool and chaste, For Mand'rin only is the man of taste; Whose bolder genius...

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KIRSTIN OLSEN is the author of several books including Chronology of Women's History (Greenwood, 1994).

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