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The Victorian House: Domestic Life from Childbirth to Deathbed Paperback – August 2, 2004
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Victorian England is not exactly ancient history, yet it is amazing how different life was then, and how unpleasant (by our standards) life was even for the wealthy. For instance, people tolerated incredible filth. Even among the well-to-do, coal dust coated every interior surface, clothing was heavy and dirty, and baths were infrequent. London fogs were so thick that pedestrians would bump into things. Food was extremely bland even for the elite, and it was thought that feeding vegetables to children would stir up sexual interest. Most surprising of all, women rarely questioned their inferior status. It was generally accepted that women were mentally and physically weak, and women themselves seemed to accept this with little questioning. The amount of change during the last century, in both material and non-material ways, is mind-boggling.
Incidentally, this book appears to be identical to "Inside the Victorian Home" by the same author.
I have no reservations about recommending this book.
My only criticism would be that this isn't a totally objective look at Victorian life - it is all tinged with Ms Flanders' personality and judgments, and her feminist leanings quickly become obvious throughout the beginning of the book. Now, I'm all for women's rights and all that, being a woman myself, but it got a bit tiring after a while to be reminded, YET again, of how hard life was for women in that era. One other little criticism is that the introductory chapter is a bit slow - don't give up! The rest of the book picks up the pace quite considerably. It's definitely worth it! It's changed my view of my own life in today's world, and been a wonderful, and fascinating journey back over a hundred years ago, from the safety and comfort of my rather cushy 21st century existence. I didn't want it to end, even though it removed my rose-tinted glasses of "charming" Victoriana entirely!
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Very informative, and paints the picture for you, as if you're there. It was a very quick read for me, as I get drawn into anything historical.Published 13 days ago by Jennifer
An absolutely fundamental book for understanding how our lives have changed since the Victorian period.
Full of fascinating facts.
Quick delivery. Item did have giant crease across cover. Truly cannot remember if in description.Published 18 months ago by Insimps
Our just married daughter and her husband just bought a charming house in London that was built in the 1860's and looks exactly like the illustration on the cover. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Anne C.
One of the most interesting books I've chosen this year. If you're interested in life in eras of the past you'll enjoy thisPublished 22 months ago by Deborah Jackson
I bought The Victorian House for a summer school book read requirement and was pleasantly surprised it arrived in a fabulous condition. Read morePublished on May 27, 2014 by Marta Combs
Have an interest in the Victorian era; what was daily life like, different from the movies, as they only give us the up front pictures, this book gives more details with the... Read morePublished on December 28, 2013 by Kindle Customer
I love history and this book was full of accurate details. Very readable though. If I could afford it I buy a few dozen copies to have on hand to send to the writers of... Read morePublished on December 7, 2013 by Janelle E.