Learn more Download now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Learn More Shop now Learn more Shop Fire Shop Kindle Learn More Shop now Shop now Learn more



on 2 January 2018
A fascinating read. In the late eighteenth century the post of incumbent in an Anglican parish was an easy, well-paid job for life. I am sure that some parish priests were conscientious and hard-working, but in too many cases the work was delegated to a paid substitute, the Curate, while the Rector was able to lead a life of quiet ease. This diary seems to be an honest and unapologetic record of such a life, in which the most important events of Mr Woodforde's life were his meals, every one of which he records; his social calls on the neighbouring gentry; and the day-to-day management of his own farmland - his glebe. Now and again he mentions the church. You would never guess that England was in the midst of a major and very expensive war. Every item of expenditure is noted, from the receipts from his hay crop to the pence he disbursed to various poor parishioners and beggars. And of course to the blacksmith-cum-smuggler who supplied him with copios quantities of brandy and rum. This edition appears to be a good selection of a very long diary; even the Oxford 5-volume set is a selection and that includes much repetitive material. My only complaint is that the book lacks a comprehensive index, like that in the 5-volume edition. There are just too many people, often only referred to by their Christian names, to keep track of. Any older readers of Peter Simple in the Telegraph would see here the original of his fictitious Squire Haggard
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 14 September 2015
I cannot express how much I loved this book.It took me months to read it [I only read a couple of pages a day] but if you perserver It will reward you no end.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 2 March 2016
Haven't yet finished it, but it is a fascinating insight into his life and times.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 17 June 2016
Pleased with this
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 15 January 2016
Great item thanks
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 18 October 2013
Fascinating reading into the life of a clergyman, and the customs and happenings of those times. Nice edition and swift delivery.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 6 June 2017
just in the process of reading it ok so far
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 25 September 2017
Very pleased with item
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 21 February 2016
still reading it took a bit of time to come but a good read
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 19 August 2015
Anyone interested in English Social History from the 18th century will thoroughly enjoy this book
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse