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An Englishwoman's Home?,
This review is from: At Home with the Georgians [DVD]  (DVD)
I thoroughly enjoyed At Home with the Georgians. I like the way Amanda Vickery used the home as a vehicle to explore Georgian social life and attitudes, particularly her exploration of sexual divisions and the roles of women. The examples she uses of the women trapped in controlling relationships in the homes of their male family members are quite heartbreaking, and show the misery of restricted if somewhat privileged lives. During the 1980s I visited the curious house A la Ronde which is featured in the second episode. The house is crammed full of examples of middle class "female handiwork", shell work and quilling.
It would have been interesting to see examples of the homes of people at the lower end of the social scale, such as farm workers and poor urban dwellers, although these would be much harder to find. The houses used are mainly aristocratic and middle class homes, although the series does touch on the workhouse and its principle of less eligibility in the last episode. This is an excellent three part series and would be complemented by further work on this period and topic.
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Initial post: 20 Jan 2013 19:29:59 GMT
Hmm! I don't think a programme about scrofula ridden peasants would have much appeal. There again I wonder, given the success of 'Corostendersdale', you may be right. However, living in a damp and dirty hovel is not something I personally aspire to, rather the ten bedroomed Georgian villa with double cantilevered staircases, ha ha, sumptuous parkland and the wealth to maintain such, this is why the programme appealed to me. That and the exquisite Ms Vickery ; )
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