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4.0 out of 5 stars A much needed niche filler, 13 Feb. 2011
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This review is from: The Journal of a Georgian Gentleman: The Life and Times of Richard Hall 1729-1801 (Hardcover)
This book fills an empty niche in the understanding of the Georgian era; there are books on the underworld and books on the political history and books on the glittering society of court. This however is a very full journal of the doings of a fairly ordinary gentleman who had his ups and downs, who marvels at earthquakes and astronomical phenomena and who leaves us a detailed record of the weather, even if the detail that the chamber pot froze might be a little more information than we might have bargained for..... dealing with his manifold health problems with traditional cures, the little vicissitudes and too the joys of life give us an insight into Everyman of the time; how the political situation of the Seven Years War is only of interest in terms of the fact that the price of bread will rise for example. This is a wittily written and compassionate delving into Mr Rendell's ancestor's most private life, beautifully illustrated with both facsimiles of original documents and ephemera and the clever paper cut-outs of Richard Hall's daughter Patty. The two appendices are divided clearly and are well set out; this is a must have book for the student of the era.
I witheld one star because I should have liked to have seen a couple of other appendices - one on the weather set out in a chart, and one on the price of everything written out on a chart. I am however very demanding!
Written by Sarah, Simon's wife, recipient of the book
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