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

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

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Overview

"[Flanders] knows what we want to know and is thoroughly engaging, undidactic company."—Katherine A. Powers, Boston Sunday Globe
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393327632
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/21/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 285,872
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Flanders is the author of A Circle of Sisters, which was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award. She lives in London.

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Table of Contents

A Quick Guide to Books and Authors xiii
Currency xxvii
Introduction: House and Home 3
1 The Bedroom 37
2 The Nursery 64
3 The Kitchen 100
4 The Scullery 130
5 The Drawing Room 168
6 The Parlor 214
7 The Dining Room 253
8 The Morning Room 292
9 The Bathroom and the Lavatory 324
10 The Sickroom 340
11 The Street 390
Notes 417
Select Bibliography 451
Picture Credits 475
Index 479
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