4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A little light on dates, but wide-ranging and enlightening,
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This review is from: What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist: the Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England (Paperback)
This is an excellent book for readers who want to find out about the nuts and bolts of daily life from 1800 to 1900. All periods seem equally well covered, with references back to the eighteenth century and before to explain why certain oddities emerged, and the information is neatly divided into logical and digestible chunks.
The only downside for me was a slight lack of specific dates for changes, but the bibliography lists contemporary and current works for further reference, most of which are simple enough to track down.
Clearly written for an American audience, this is still a very valuable book for Europeans/the British whether you are wanting to track down what the games/etiquette/educational world was for Austenian or Dickensian characters, or just get the feeling of what it might have been like to live in the nineteenth century as an earl or a pauper. However, if you are looking for an encyclopedia of household objects, this isn't for you.
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