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This review is from: Hubbub: Filth, Noise, and Stench in England, 1600-1770 (Hardcover)
The title certainly paves the way for an itching, scratching and uncomfortable read. Emily Cockayne, and maybe that is what they should have been smoking at the time(?), researched her subject well. It is a very good read, most informative and definitely leaves one very content to have been born in the 20th or 21st century. Imagine wearing the same old clothes let alone underwear for six months! personal hygiene non-existent. Watching where you put your feet and god forbid if you slipped up on the cobbled streets let alone what was coming down from above! Rogue builders seemed to have been as prevalent then as they are now with the exception that having a pig-sty attached to the side of your house might not have been very welcome today. Miss Cockayne thanks for making us feel we are lucky to be living in a cleaner environement............or are we?