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

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Provides period information on home furnishings, fashion, medicine, the courts, entertainment, shopping, travel, and etiquette

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Details technological and social aspects of daily life in 19th century England, with descriptions, excerpts from diaries and letters, recipes, timelines and charts, and b&w photos and illustrations. Includes chapters on heating and plumbing, fashion, the military, banking, shopping, and etiquette. Useful for students, authors, researchers, and period enthusiasts. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Publisher: Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest Books, c1998.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780898798128
Branch Call Number: 941.08 HUG
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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