- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Orion; New edition edition (19 July 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1842124676
- ISBN-13: 978-1842124673
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 3.2 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,074,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Restoration London: Everyday Life in the 1660s Paperback – 19 Jul 2001
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'There is almost no aspect of life in Restoration London that is not meticulously described in these 300-odd pages' Jan Morris, Independent
¿From poverty to pets, from medicine to magic, from slang to sex, from wallpaper to women¿s rights¿ A glorious portrait of life in London from 1660-1670. OVER 50,000 COPIES SOLDSee all Product description
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Unless, like I do, you think London the greatest city on earth, or are just interested in urban life in past times, you may find this book a bit over the top. However, Picard entertains, and informs, with a dry wit that is perhaps too infrequently demonstrated...
However, the author does rely heavily on Pepys, and this is certainly not a comprehensive guide to Restoration London, but nor does it claim to be. You can tell from the size, cover and introduction that this is supposed to be an accessible, fun peek into everyday life, and that is what it is.
What it certainly is brilliant for is writers who wish to add details that will lend authenticity to the era they are writing in, this is what I originally bought it for, but I ended up enjoying it so much that I read it all in two sittings.
I would only not recommend this to you if you are looking for a meticulously researched in depth look into all walks of life/politics etc. But as an overview and an interesting read it shines.
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