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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, but not a weighty tome for serious scholars
I loved this book, as a resource to get me started on my research into the era. I don't agree with one other reviewer that it does not give a good picture of what it was like to live in the times, for indeed I think it's the weird and wonderful quirky and every day stories that depict life for the majority.
However, the author does rely heavily on Pepys, and this is...
Published on 8 Nov 2011 by Carmelia Jenkin

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed
As a bit of a fan of London and its history, I was looking forward to something enjoyable from this book, but whilst it initially appears interesting, you quickly realise that it simply consists of an endless stream of trivia, and precious little insight. It's also not especially well written, and is occasionally unintentionally hilarious, for instance when we are told...
Published on 24 Sep 2011 by Los Angeleno


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5.0 out of 5 stars Brill!, 1 July 2010
Why do we have to jump through hoops? great book , great service, end of story;
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed, 24 Sep 2011
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As a bit of a fan of London and its history, I was looking forward to something enjoyable from this book, but whilst it initially appears interesting, you quickly realise that it simply consists of an endless stream of trivia, and precious little insight. It's also not especially well written, and is occasionally unintentionally hilarious, for instance when we are told with po-faced seriousness that the medical practices in use at the Oxbridge universities in the 1660s "would not pass muster today". Really? What, the medical profession has actually progressed over the last 350 years? Well I never.
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