How to Be a Victorian: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Victorian Life

How to Be a Victorian: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Victorian Life

by Ruth Goodman


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Named one of the Best Books of the Year by NPR

A “revelatory” (Wall Street Journal) romp through the intimate details of Victorian life, by an historian who has cheerfully endured them all.

Lauded by critics, How to Be a Victorian is an enchanting manual for the insatiably curious, the “the cheapest time-travel machine you’ll find” (NPR). Readers have fallen in love with Ruth Goodman, an historian who believes in getting her hands dirty. Drawing on her own firsthand adventures living in re-created Victorian conditions, Goodman serves as our bustling guide to nineteenth-century life. Proceeding from daybreak to bedtime, this charming, illustrative work “imagines the Victorians as intrepid survivors” (New Republic) of the most perennially fascinating era of British history. From lacing into a corset after a round of calisthenics to slipping opium to the little ones, Goodman’s account of Victorian life “makes you feel as if you could pass as a native” (The New Yorker).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631491139
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 09/21/2015
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 125,989
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Ruth Goodmanis the author of How to Be a Victorian and How to
Be a Tudor. An historian of British life, she has presented a number of BBC
television series, including Tudor Monastery Farm. She lives in England.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

1 Getting Up 5

2 Getting Dressed 29

3 A Trip to the Privy 96

4 Personal Grooming 107

5 Morning Exercise 149

6 Breakfast 157

7 The Main Business of the Day 175

8 Back at the House 209

9 The Midday Meal 250

10 The Day's Work Resumes 255

11 Meanwhile, for the Young, There Was School 286

12 A Few Snatched Hours of Leisure 315

13 The Evening Meal 367

14 A Bath before Bed 388

15 Behind the Bedroom Door 405

Epilogue 439

Acknowledgements 441

Index 445

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How to Be a Victorian: A Dawn-To-Dusk Guide to Victorian Life 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
msl More than 1 year ago
It's a good blend of archival research, historical analysis, and DIH (did it herself) curiosity. 'Twas an enjoyable read for a winter break.
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I have only just started to read this book.
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