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  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Canterbury Press; New edition edition (8 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853113115
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853113116
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By P. O'DONOGHUE on 12 July 2009
Written in apparent innocence of possible publication, this diary is a delight to read. An honest, kindly, charitable man, James Woodforde seems to have been content to moor his career in a backwater for almost all his life. So the reader is generously told of domestic and local matters - including income and outgoings - but very little informed of national affairs. You are left with a picture of a thoroughly nice man, but one who seemed to regard it as unnecessary to get involved in the ethical matters arising in a Christian country. A really enjoyable read but don't expect too much. Thoroughly recommended despite that.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. E. Stevens on 11 Jun 2009
I have read this book before but thought I would treat myself to a new edition. This is one of my favourite books. If you like social history you will like this book. The book gives a fasinating insight into the country parson's world. Details of his food, the price, his servants and his social life. Details of his journeys across the country by coach. hope you enjoy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Oddynes on 18 Jun 2011
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the Diary of a Country Parson and I dip into it as bedtime reading. It is a most fascinating insight into 18th century country life and social hierachy. The amount of visiting and dining together of the middleclass and of their after dinner entertainment. The amount of food consumed at dinner with four or five different types of meat followed by fruit and various pies. There is also the sadness of the infant mortality rate and the Parson is regularly conducting their funeral services. The poverty of the working class is ofset where possible by the generous parson and his diary is sometimes humerous when he tells of why he has given certain amounts of money to the deserving poor. I was always interested in the amount of travelling from one part of the country to another in coaches to visit relatives. This is a most entertaining book which focuses on the lives of country people of the time with all their heartaches and pleasures. A real eye opener of life in those times.
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