In this brilliant work, Amanda Vickery unlocks the homes of Georgian England to examine the lives of the people who dwelt there. Writing with her customary wit and verve, she introduces us to men and women from all walks of life: gentlewoman Anne Dormer in her stately Oxfordshire mansion; bachelor clerk and future novelist Anthony Trollope in his dreary London lodgings; genteel spinsters keeping up appearances in two rooms with yellow wallpaper; servants with only a locking box to call their own. Vickery makes ingenious use of upholsterer's ledgers, burglary trials, and other unusual sources to reveal the roles of house and home in economic survival, social success and political representation during the long 18th century. Through the spread of formal visiting, the proliferation of affordable ornamental furnishings, the commercial celebration of feminine artistry at home, and the currency of the language of taste, even modest homes turned into arenas of social campaign and exhibition.
Amanda Vickery is the writer and presenter of BBC2's 'At Home with the Georgians' based on her book Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England (Yale, 2009)
Amanda is a Professor of Early Modern History at Queen Mary, University of London.
Her first book The Gentleman's Daughter (Yale, 1998) won the Wolfson, the Whitfield and the Longman-History today prizes. Her 30 part History of Private Life for BBC Radio 4 is available on CD. She is currently working on another series of the popular Radio 4 show 'Voices from the Old Bailey'.
Amanda Vickery is also the editor of Women, Privilege and Power: British Politics, 1750 to the Present (Stanford, 2001) and Gender, Taste and Material Culture in Britain and North America, 1700-1830 (Yale, 2006).
Amanda has begun a new project on clothes and fashion in the British empire.