Life in the English Country Cottage

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The English cottage is an icon for our times. Whether a harmonious blend of timber-frame and thatch or golden Cotswold stone, it symbolizes country life at its most seductive - a chance to return to the rural Eden that was lost to most of us with the Industrial Revolution. The picture of cottage life is an attractive and enduring one that has fascinated writers and artists for the last two hundred years. But this book shows that life in the English country cottage was far from being the idyll that many of us ...
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Overview

The English cottage is an icon for our times. Whether a harmonious blend of timber-frame and thatch or golden Cotswold stone, it symbolizes country life at its most seductive - a chance to return to the rural Eden that was lost to most of us with the Industrial Revolution. The picture of cottage life is an attractive and enduring one that has fascinated writers and artists for the last two hundred years. But this book shows that life in the English country cottage was far from being the idyll that many of us suppose. From the medieval village right through to the twentieth century, the author traces the history of the cottage, exploring how cottages came to be built, and how their appearance was affected by social forces and changing trends. But the focus is firmly on people: how cottage dwellers spent their time, how they were treated by their social superiors, what they ate and where they slept, and how they decorated and furnished their homes. Life in the English Country Cottage is a history of both the myth and the reality of life for the majority of the population over the last seven centuries.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780753800386
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 9.06 (w) x 10.63 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Hearth and Home 8
Ch. I To The Manor Born 1066-1500 16
Ch. II The Great Rebuilding 1550-1690 40
Ch. III Miserable Hovels 1690-1790 74
Ch. IV A Cottage of Gentility 1790-1840 104
Ch. V The Deserving Poor 1840-1900 134
Ch. VI Looking for a New England 1900-1950 172
Postscript: A Place in the Country 202
Bibliography 210
Index 214
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