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Life in a 17th Century Coffee Shop (Sutton Life) by [Brandon, David]
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Synopsis

We have all seen the hilarious depiction of Mrs Miggins' coffee shop in "Blackadder", but what was it really like in the first cafes, as coffee drinking became more popular? What else did the shops sell? How did coffee shop life influence politics, the media and everyday life?

About the Author

DAVID BRANDON is a historian. He brings history to life through his popular lectures, such as 'Absolute Rotters and Total Cads - Villains in British history'; 'A Cock and Bull Story' - The history of pub names'. His book on the history of highway robbers, Stand and Deliver!, was published by Sutton in 2001.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 311 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (16 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078XH90G
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,649 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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That's hardly a title you would expect. It is, however, easy to see the link between the development of the coffee shops and the expectation that we want to share our thoughts and interests with both friends and strangers. This is a short but comprehensive history book that is both interesting because of its factual content and relaxing because it is so easy to read and quick to finish. It is also a very interesting portrait of a society which was very different from our own in terms of comfort and amenities but that bore the familiar stamp of our contemporaries, giving high place to gossip, rumour and argument with limited reliable facts but it was also a place where very serious business was done and political ideas were developed.
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This isn't a academic text and there are gaps and limitations to the description, but that said, this is a comprehensive overview and taster of an important 17th century social phenomenon. We think we're very modern with our Starbucks, Costa and the like, but our ancestors had their coffee shop culture over 350 years ago. The cry of 'what news' and the intriguing that went on in these places was a very important part of life. The description of the stench, I won't say smell because like Brandon I dont think that would do it justice, that pervaded these establishments must have been horrendous. I really liked this, it was well worth the money, gave me some pointers towards other reading (always a bonus) and filled in a few gaps in my knowledge. Fitted in well with my reading of Susanna Gregory's Thomas Challoner series: i.e. Murder on High Holborn (Exploits of Thomas Chaloner) as some of principle action takes place in and around 17c coffee shops.
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Though not a coffee drinker, I am interested in the 17th century, and found this little gem most interesting and informative. Concise, and easy to follow, you almost can hear/see/smell the goings on there, it was so evocative! It was well worth the little I paid for it to get a flavor of bygone times.
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The book was fine & it only cost me penny + shipping (cover price £4.99) but I had imagined it to be a trade size paperpack. It is not - it is about half the size & only 93 pages long, which makes it more a pamphlet than a book
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Short and fascinating account of the role of coffee shops in history in Britain. An advantage of e-books is that you can have a copy before your eyes before the TV from which you learned of it has finished. star ratings for historic documents of this kind are, of me, pointless but the convenience of instant acquisition is wonderful.
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If like me you have read in various books about people frequenting the Coffee Shop of this era, then I would say that it gives much more of an insight into what made these Coffee shops the place to be. It also gives a real idea of the atmosphere in these places. It is what it is; the title says it all really, but I would recommend it to people who want to relate to and understand more about the early Coffee shops.
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Very interesting little book about the history of coffee shops, told I a very readable and informative way. Lots of historical points.
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I couldn't stop reading this book. It paints a very clear picture of bygone days and people. I may return to this again sometime.
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