The Worst Jobs in History

The Worst Jobs in History

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The Worst Jobs in History by David Willcock, Tony Robinson


Tony Robinson has set out to investigate the underbelly of British history through 2,000 years of wretched employment—whether it's swilling out the crotch of a knight's soiled armor or collecting human waste to turn into gunpowder. Covering the Roman invasion to the reign of Queen Victoria, Robinson uncovers an unseen army undertaking arduous, hazardous, deeply unpleasant work. The very names "Toad Eater," "Vomit Collector," "Spit Boy," and "Seeker of the Dead" underline a fairly disgusting history. As he delves into the grime of how life was for the ordinary person, he brings "Gong Scourers" (Tudor cesspit cleaners), "Pure Collectors" (Victorian pooper-scoopers), and "Resurrection Men" (Georgian body snatchers) blinking into the limelight to provide a vivid alternative history of Britain.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780330438575
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 03/01/2007
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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