Victorian London: The Life of a City by Liza Picard pp, Weidenfeld , £ It’s fitting that Liza Picard should begin her survey of. Victorian London has ratings and 65 reviews. Jill said: This book covers the mid-years of Queen Victoria’s reign and they were years of dramatic ch. Victorian London, by Liza Picard. Double-standard city. Michael Leapman; Friday 30 September 0 comments.

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More on vichorian Great Wen”: Liza Picard writes in an easy-going style which disguises the hefty amount of research. It would serve as a very interesting coffee table or bathroom book, but I wouldn’t recommend it otherwise.

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To some extent, yes. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Using this website means you are okay with this but you can find out more and learn how to manage your cookie choices here. No wonder some recent authors like Gillian Tindall The House by the Thamesand Rosemary Ashton Strandhave chosen to write about single London addresses. Torturing them with goads, hitting them with thick staves on the head and nose, cracking their hocks and twisting their tails to bring their heads up, almost strangling them with tethers and sometimes breaking off a horn and blinding the animal in blood, the drovers had to use every violent means to get the animals to stand nose to nose in a tight-wedged ring.

It is an era that vuctorian mesmerizing and provoking, something Picard captures with incredible attention to detail. This is very much about the minutiae of people’s everyday lives, not the big political sweep. Pick the worst smell you can think of and hold that thought because that is the odor you’ll be walking around London with before a sewerage system was devised. Many practical innovations of the time–flushing lavatories, underground railways, umbrellas, letter boxes, driving on the left–point the way forward.


The Thames was contained by embankments, and traffic congestion was eased by the first underground railway in the world.

The choice of authors is rather peculiar and author doesn’t compare them, just selects bits she finds curious and cites.

One can see why White won the Wolfson History Oiza of for his book on London in the twentieth century. Mar 12, T. On the whole, it was surprisingly enjoyable. Particularly liiza the George Downing bit. London Historians’ Blog Random musings about London’s history.

It took him six years. Everyday Life in Dickens’ London Paperback. Oct 14, Kayla Tornello rated it it was amazing Shelves: Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel.

It covers everything from food, clothing, education and death to health care and class. Work” is particularly harrowing: He also moves geographically, with street and place names featuring among his chapter headings, and since he has a penchant for intriguing sub-headings like “The O.

Each chapter covers an aspect of life in London: Sep 22, Gayla Bassham rated it really liked it Shelves: The Thames was contained by embankments, and traffic congestion was eased by the first underground I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?

And Professor Riley-Smith was my tutor. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. What it says on the londln. Though the lack of a common thread or narrative distracted me I can still highly recommend this book. And why, despite the grand, spacious building lkndon and the slum clearance did the population continue to skyrocket?

Authors Mike Paterson Recent Posts Lots of useful and interesting facts. Pillar of State — including the final sentence, taken from a contemporary letter quoted and attributed to a Miss A.

Victoria’s wedding and the place of the royals in oiza esteem; how the very poor lived, the underworld, prosti Like her previous books, this book is the product of the author’s passionate interest in the realities of everyday life – and the conditions in which most people victkrian – so often left out of history londn.

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She read law at the London School of Economics and qualified as a barrister, but did not practise. Pages with related products. I found it very useful for that purpose and also enjoyed it as a delightful snapshot of an era. The rich were separated by class and by ethics.

Each chapter is, in effect, its own londoh section of the story and focuses on one aspect of Victorian society. One of the iguanadons was 34 feet long, big enough for twenty gentlemen to sit under the mould prepared for it and enjoy a splendid dinner, in What was good for one was not for the other. In “humanizing” the “poor and degraded people,” wrote Charles Booth, “the influence of the schools is greater than that of the victofian.

For instance, what was Nash’s “social purpose” in locating what was to become Regent’s Street, who paid for the work, why was his “majestic vision” cut short 25what was its impact piicard how was it regarded? All in all, a highly enjoyable read that made me feel glad to have not been born into vicorian a chaotic society! Picard has covered every element of society in detail while still managing to make it interesting.

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White has even more clutches of amazing statistics about London than Picard, but he is never simply amazed by them. Another really solid work on the Victorian era. Some very interesting facts and, despite thinking I knew a fair deal about the period, there were lots of information that was quite new to me, but then maybe I did not know as much as I thoug Highly recommended.