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Inside the Victorian Home: A Portrait of Life in Victorian England

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The Victorian age is much closer to us in time than we might believe. Yet at that time, in the most technologically advanced nation in the world, people buried meat in fresh earth to prevent mold forming and wrung sheets out in boiling water with their bare hands. Such household drudgery was routinely performed by the grandparents of people still living, but the knowledge of it has passed as if it had never been.

Judith Flanders's book is laid out like a Victorian house, taking you through the story of daily life from room to room. In each space she depicts the home's furnishings and decoration: from childbirth in the master bedroom, through the scullery and kitchen, the separate male and female domains of the drawing room and the parlor, and ending in the sickroom. A rich selection from diaries, letters, advice books, magazines, and paintings fills the rooms with the people and personalities of the age. 100 illustrations, 3 8-page color inserts.

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"[Flanders] knows what we want to know and is thoroughly engaging, undidactic company."--Katherine A. Powers,

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Nineteenth-century Britain was then the world's most prosperous nation, yet Victorians would bury meat in earth and wring sheets out in boiling water with their bare hands. Such drudgery was routine for the parents of people still living, but the knowledge of it has passed as if it had never been. Following the daily life of a middle-class Victorian house from room to room; from childbirth in the master bedroom through the kitchen, scullery, dining room, and parlor, all the way to the sickroom; Judith Flanders draws on diaries, advice books, and other sources to resurrect an age so close in time yet so alien to our own.

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is the author of , which was nominated for the First Book Award. She lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393327632
Author:
Flanders, Judith
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Home economics
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
England Social life and customs.
Subject:
England Social conditions 19th century.
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
World History-England General
Publication Date:
20051131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
100 illustrations, 32 pages of color.
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.2 x 7 x 1.2 in 1.94 lb

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History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » Hanover to Victorian Period
History and Social Science » Europe » Western Europe » General
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
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"Synopsis" by , "[Flanders] knows what we want to know and is thoroughly engaging, undidactic company."--Katherine A. Powers,
"Synopsis" by , Nineteenth-century Britain was then the world's most prosperous nation, yet Victorians would bury meat in earth and wring sheets out in boiling water with their bare hands. Such drudgery was routine for the parents of people still living, but the knowledge of it has passed as if it had never been. Following the daily life of a middle-class Victorian house from room to room; from childbirth in the master bedroom through the kitchen, scullery, dining room, and parlor, all the way to the sickroom; Judith Flanders draws on diaries, advice books, and other sources to resurrect an age so close in time yet so alien to our own.
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