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Lost Country Life [Paperback]

Dorothy Hartley
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  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Inc (P) (Mar 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394748387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394748382
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent reference 5 Oct 2004
By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This book is absolutely amazing. The other day, I was asking questions about sheep shearing in the Middle Ages, and I was recommended this book. This is simply one of the best references books on how folk lived, worked, did the threshing, thatching, show the sheer were sheared, the wool handled, turned into fabric, dues and used. It's lively written with an eye to the details historical writers and desperately chasing down. It was highly recommended to me, and I pass on that recommendation. You cannot find a better work on life as it used to be. Worth any price!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lost country Life 5 Dec 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I ordered this for my son for a Christmas Present... I liked the reviews.

so I haven`t had the opportunity or joy to read this myself, I have flicked through
it though, and I just have to get a copy for myself.

It really looks so very interesting, historically, and for anyone interested
in agriculture.

I ordered it from the supplier in Texas. and they could not have been more helpful as Royal Mail were on its usual go slow with delivery..

I would give the seller 5 stars... very helpful, and they contacted me in the first
place to check that I had received it... wonderful service.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book 26 Nov 2013
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Love this book, this is a third Dorothy Hartley book that I own, It came in from the States as second hand but is in good condition and only cost 1p + postage, great value.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Discovering 'Lost Country Life" 19 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
For anyone interested in history, expecially as it pertains to the common man, for anyone who loves anything about England, for anyone who truly loves the land and enjoys discovering new ways to live along with, Dorothy Hartley's _Lost Country Life_ is a found treasure. It serves up the history of English country folk in a pleasant and educational way, laced together with verses by Thomas Tusser, Geoffrey Chaucer, William Morris, and other ancient writers. In particular, Tusser's verses open each chapter with a consideration of each month's duties in the agricultural year. Ms Hartley has chosen to take us through month by month to give us a genuine feel for the concerns of those living a rural life. she supplies wonderful details how things were accomplished back before there were gas engines and hardware stores.
If you enjoyed the American Fox Fire series, if you have ever been tempted to try an antiquated way of doing something just to see what it was like, if you've ever wondered how people went about dyeing their clothing, or how to get from flax to linen, or how they made those dumpy-looking little straw bee hives, this book is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Fascination of Daily Life Before Technology 23 April 2002
By Vicky Gordon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This wonderfully detailed book of the common man as he lived before the electric light, before factories and before mechanized travel provides fascinating reading for anyone who wants to fully appreciate the past. The author delves deeply into the atmophere and know-how of our ancestors and their existence. To read this book is to travel to a quieter time in which the seasons and the heavens were the parameters of living and in which every commodity was either home- or handmade. Dorothy Hartley unlocks the secrets of building a home, tending the land and soil, raising livestock, making candles, weaving, sewing and tending hearth and home. Absolutely mesmerizing in its scope and detail and evocative of the past we all share and almost remember!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent reference! 7 Sep 2004
By Deborah MacGillivray - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is absolutely amazing. The other day, I was asking questions about sheep shearing in the Middle Ages, and I was recommended this book. This is simply one of the best references books on how folk lived, worked, did the threshing, thatching, show the sheer were sheared, the wool handled, turned into fabric, dues and used. It's lively written with an eye to the details historical writers and desperately chasing down. It was highly recommended to me, and I pass on that recommendation. You cannot find a better work on life as it used to be. Worth any price!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 19 Oct 2005
By S. Gentis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love this book-one of my very favorites. Beautifully written-nicely illustrated. There are a lot of very wordy books written about this time period, but none of them can come close to really capturing the life of the common man like this book does-outlining how they did what they had to do...work. In any age, it all comes down to 'chopping wood and carrying water'...this book is a lovely addition to any library!
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ! 22 Dec 2013
By Cris - Published on Amazon.com
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Useful facts and information! This is a great book for historical re-enactors or anyone interested in re-learning how to live off the grid!
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