How to Be A Victorian

How to Be A Victorian

A Dawn-to-dusk Guide to Victorian Life

Book - 2014
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Drawing on her own adventures living in re-created Victorian conditions, Goodman serves as our bustling and fanciful guide to nineteenth-century life. Proceeding from daybreak to bedtime, she celebrates the ordinary lives of the most perennially fascinating era of British history. From waking up to the rapping of a "knocker-upper man" on the window pane to lacing into a corset after a round of calisthenics, from slipping opium to the little ones to finally retiring to the bedroom for the ideal combination of "love, consideration, control and pleasure," the weird, wonderful, and somewhat gruesome intricacies of Victorian life are vividly rendered.
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company, 2014
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780871404855
Branch Call Number: 941.08 G623H 2014
Characteristics: 458 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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apollospacefan Nov 27, 2017

Eye opening peek into the life of Victorians, written by a British historian Ruth Goodman. Goodman can also be seen in various documentaries reenacting period information gleaned from the history books. So you can trust her when she writes, "After a few days I found that I was able to be as vigorous in my corset and with my waist reduced by four inches as ever I was." (p. 70) Goodman brings history to life and writes with so much experience that bland facts are extremely interesting and her book reads well.

Jul 28, 2015

Very educational and well researched!

May 07, 2015

Fascinating description of everything you can think of about the Victorian Age. The author really lived the life and can offer insights most scholars never considered. I found the chapters on dress and home life made history come alive. It's like a trip back in time!

Chapel_Hill_AmandaG Jan 09, 2015

This is a richly detailed history of Victorian life. It was obviously well researched and often the author had her own anecdotes from her experiences as living as a Victorian. This book is almost the opposite of dry and you will find yourself entertained the whole way through!

BookAdvisorSara Dec 03, 2014

A well-researched book by BBC historian Ruth Goodman, “How to Be a Victorian” details daily Victorian life, morning until night from a range of socioeconomic perspectives. By supplementing primary sources with her own experiences on TV series “Victorian Farm,” Goodman manages to make even the mundane seem interesting.

multcolib_karene Dec 02, 2014

If you really want to know how people lived in Victorian England, read this book. I sure am glad I didn't live during those times!

hgeng63 Nov 01, 2014

Not as exciting as Lucy Worsley's If Walls Could Talk.


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