A Brief History of Life in Victorian Britain Paperback
Part of the Brief Histories series
The Victorian era has dominated the popular imagination like no other period, but these myths and stories also give a very distorted view of the 19th century.
The early Victorians were much stranger that we usually imagine, and their world would have felt very different from our own and it was only during the long reign of the Queen that a modern society emerged in unexpected ways.
Using character portraits, events, and key moments Paterson brings the real life of Victorian Britain alive - from the lifestyles of the aristocrats to the lowest ranks of the London slums.
This includes the right way to use a fan, why morning visits were conducted in the afternoon, what the Victorian family ate and how they enjoyed their free time, as well as the Victorian legacy today - convenience food, coffee bars, window shopping, mass media, and celebrity culture. Praise for Dicken's London: Out of the babble of voices, Michael Paterson has been able to extract the essence of London itself.
Read this book and re-enter the labyrinth of a now-ancient city.' Peter Ackroyd
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 06/11/2008
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9781845297077
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Review by VivienneR
Although a lot of the information in this book is generally known, it is ideal as a light read as it describes many facets of Victorian life without going into great depth. Even so, there was still plenty of information that was interesting. I particularly enjoyed the instructions for enthusiasts of the bicycling craze:"Hold the handle with the left hand and place the other on the seat. Now take a few running steps, and when the right foot is on the ground give a hop with that foot, and at the same time place the left foot on the step, throwing your right leg over on to the seat. Nothing but a good running hop will give you time to adjust your toe on the step as it is moving. It requires a certain amount of strength and agility."I'm glad I learned in a later era.