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Restoration London: Everyday Life in the 1660s Paperback – 15 Jun 1998


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New edition edition (15 Jun. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753801663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753801666
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,298,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'There is almost no aspect of life in Restoration London that is not meticulously described in these 300-odd pages' Jan Morris, Independent --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A brilliant all-round picture of London life in the 1600s

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Hooper on 2 Feb. 2002
Format: Paperback
Lisa Picard has surveyed the ten years between 1660-1670, when Pepys was writing his diary, and presented her findings in fascinating detail. Everything you wanted to know but was afraid to ask is here: sex, food, shopping, lavatories - the whole scene. I am writing a teenage fiction book set in Plague times and she has done most of my research for me! She writes succinctly, with wit and humour, and whilst reading the book I found myself giggling at her prose far more than at so-called funny books. This is a book you can dip into time and time again and always come up with a plum. It's one of my absolutely favourite books and I've recommended it to both lay readers and history buffs. I'd like to thank Lisa for such a brilliant read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Dec. 2002
Format: Paperback
RESTORATION LONDON is a cross-sectional portrait of the city in the years 1660-1670. Extensively researched, it answers any questions you may have had about London during that period, and many more you wouldn't have thought to ask. The author, lawyer Liza Picard, leaves no stone unturned to describe the condition and characteristics of the streets, water supply, pollution, waste disposal, the great fire of 1666, houses, interior decorating, heating, lighting, furniture, gardens, parks, postal service, medicine, dentistry, clothing, jewelry, cosmetics, hairdressing, housework, shopping, markets, payment, prices, cooking, recipes, drink, the household master and mistress, children, apprentices, servants, slaves, pets, education, etiquette, the arts, music, dancing, excursions, the law, marriage, divorce, crime, taxes, contracts, wills, the rich, the poor, the "middling sort", the Church of England, the Church of Rome, the Jews, astrology, superstitions, witchcraft, and everybody's favorite - sex.
Unless, like I do, you think London the greatest city on earth, or are just interested in urban life in past times, you may find this book a bit over the top. However, Picard entertains, and informs, with a dry wit that is perhaps too infrequently demonstrated...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Mar. 2000
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If anyone is looking for an insight into London History, then this is the book for you. I read it over a year ago and certain passages still stick in my mind (the section on the practices of Mid wives particularly vividly!) Set in the 1660's many aspects of everyday London people and their lives are explored, what did they eat, how did they shop, what was their medical care like? It`s fascinating and well written, I can't recommend it enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 April 2007
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I stumbled on Liza Picard's books quite by chance. After looking at the publishing date in some of the books it is apparent some of them have been around for several years. I am now recommending them to anyone and everyone and I am so glad I stumbled across the first one I read on a rainy afternoon, lonely and far away from home. I have now read them all.

As soon as you start to read the book it becomes apparent that the author is passionate about her subject and wants the reader to enjoy the reading experience as much as she has in the writing of it. Liza Picard presents an enthralling picture of how life in London was really lived in the 1600s: the houses and streets, gardens and parks, cooking, clothes and jewellery, cosmetics, hairdressing, housework, laundry and shopping, medicine and dentistry, sex, education, hobbies, etiquette, law and crime, religion and popular beliefs. To anyone who has not read the author's books perhaps these subjects seem boring and mundane, but they are written about with such knowledge and wit that they literally come to life in the readers imagination.

Liza Picard was born in 1927. She read law and qualified as a barrister but did not practice. Quite where she gleaned all this information from I am not sure. That it was a labour of love is obvious to anyone who reads her books and I for one am grateful.
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