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A Year in Victorian Edinburgh

A Year in Victorian Edinburgh [Kindle Edition]

Lynne Wilson
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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From the author of 'Crime and Punishment in Victorian Edinburgh', a day by day account of Edinburgh life and events in the Victorian period, giving a unique insight into the social history of this city across all classes.

Giving a snapshot into Victorian life in Edinburgh, this book will take you through all the events, both good and bad, of a typical year within this era. The year which has been chosen is 1869, a year in which Edinburgh was leading the way in scientific and medical research, greatly enhancing the lives of many; whilst poverty, crime and destitution still blighted the lives of others.

Month by month, experience what a person living at this time would have seen and experienced around them. With reports on various events, news stories, entertainment and issues affecting the public, read about the entertainment that was on offer, the new medical discoveries, the improvements to the city’s sanitation and water supply, adverts for various questionable remedies that could be purchased from pharmacies, the beginning of higher education for women, and various crimes of the day.

In this year, read about Sophia Jex-Blake, the first female student ever to be admitted to the Edinburgh medical school, velocipedes - the early bicycles which caused ‘velocipede mania’ among the Edinburgh Victorians, the last public readings to be carried out in the city by Charles Dickens, the advent of spiritualists and hypnotists, the advances in anaesthetics and antiseptics in surgery, the new City Workhouse and many more.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2373 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Honeyman & Wilson; 1 edition (22 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H4XFU2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #131,605 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Lynne Wilson is the author of the books 'A Year in Victorian Edinburgh', 'Crime & Punishment in Victorian Edinburgh', 'A Grim Almanac of Glasgow' and 'Murder & Crime in Stirling'. Although Lynne's career has mainly consisted of scientific and research work, she has always had a strong interest in the social history of the Victorian era and has spent many years researching this topic. Having previously studied in both Edinburgh and Glasgow, Lynne now lives in Stirling with her husband, crime fiction author, David Wilson.

Lynne has also written the foreword for the book 'The Casebook of Glasgow's Victorian Detective' by A. Carmichael.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down 30 Jan 2012
By Smif
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I bought the book to try to get a feel for Edinburgh in Victorian times. The format of the book was a year of hand picked articles from local papers interspersed with advertisements. It was perfect for the research I am doing on family history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Production values aren't great, but content good 14 Feb 2013
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I live in Edinburgh but I'm not from Edinburgh, so I thought this would be a good primer in its history. Daily extracts from local papers through one year in the 1860s give a good flavour of how life has changed and how it has stayed the same.
The real problem is the quality of reproduction of the illustrations, usually blowups of newpaper small ads and similar, with some contemporary pictures of the the city. Some of these are unreadable and most are unclear. It's not really a problem, but it could have been executed better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting Book 10 Dec 2012
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I found this quite riviting, and would welcome it from other cities, say London, Paris; New York, Birmingham, Oxford, or Middlesbrough
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 2 Mar 2011
By Tom
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Throughly enjoyed this book, it gave a real insight into real life from an all classes perspective in the era. Highly recomend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a year in victorian edinbugh 21 Jan 2014
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I loved the book I like any books about edinburgh about the olden days and history about scotland. I have been going to scotland for 20 years
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