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Restoration London: Everyday Life in London 1660-1670 (1997)

de Liza Picard

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Making use of every possible contemporary source - diaries, memoirs, advice books, government papers, almanacs, even the Register of Patents - Liza Picard presents an enthralling picture of how life in London was really lived in the 1600s: the houses and streets, gardens and parks, cooking, clothes and jewellery, cosmetics, hairdressing, housework, laundry and shopping, medicine and dentistry, sex, education, hobbies, etiquette, law and crime, religion and popular beliefs. 'There is almost no aspect of life in Restoration London that is not meticulously described in these 300-odd pages' Jan Morris, Independent… (més)
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Picard is always an interesting read. Hers is a history of the bits that happen between the dates learned in history class. Quite a bit of the telling is through the diarist Samuel Pepys. However, it is all tempered with an uncompromising wit and a bit of understanding for feminine views that not all historians would explore. And as Picard says herself, she isn't an historian. This may be exactly why I like her. ( )
  ednasilrak | Jun 17, 2021 |
Essentially a book of facts regarding every day life in London between 1660 and 1670. I was a bit disappointed as the only time London seemed to come alive was when the book quoted from the diary of Samuel Pepys. There is some interesting information in here but I found it mostly a bit flat. ( )
  Lord_Boris | Feb 21, 2017 |
Based almost entirely on primary sources, Picard has written a book that looks at almost every area of day to day life in Restoration London: from medicine to housing and social life to waste disposal, anything that can be gleaned from contemporary accounts has been. I found it completely fascinating. I had never stopped to think how they went about rebuilding London after the Great Fire and the chapter on childbirth really made me shudder.

The only negative comments I can make about the book are the lack of maps and the inclusion of too few drawings or photographs. There are some photographs included but in a book that so often mentions a stately home that's a good example of 17th century architecture or a piece of furniture in the V&A museum there really need to be pictures of those items - it's frustrating to put the book down every few pages to try and google something as I ended up doing. I expect this was a publishing decision rather than an authorial one (and probably for cost reasons) but it was frustrating for me as a reader. ( )
1 vota souloftherose | Nov 5, 2014 |
'This is a joy of a book. Its style is both simple and evocative ... it radiates throughout that quality so essential in a good historian: infinite curiosity'
OBSERVER

In 1660, London seethed with a population of 300,000. In Europe only Paris and Constantinople were larger. King Charles II – a lover of women and of good living – was on the throne, and the streets were crowded with velvet-clad noblemen making their way to the reopened theatres. Watermen plied their trade along the River Thames between the Palace of Westminster and the City, and in the newly fashionable St James's Park, Londoners took the air by day and sought other – illicit – pleasures at night.

In her acclaimed book Restoration London: Everyday Life in London, 1660–1670, Liza Picard brings the city to life for us – both the public arena and the world behind closed doors. Organised thematically, it presents a marvellous kaleidoscope of the age – from the city's geography to personal grooming methods; education opportunities to rules on etiquette; religious observances to sexual practices. Throughout, Picard illustrates the facts with delightful anecdotes. We journey from the humble two-roomed cottage of Widow Kinrich to the mansions of City Aldermen, hung with wool cloth, or perhaps even with fine damask. We learn what a toothbrush was made of, what underwear was like (and where you dried it) and read advice to city gardeners. And we discover how Samuel Pepys came rushing home from the office because he heard that Lady Sandwich had called. Unfortunately he dashed in to find her in the dining room upon ‘the Pott’. Both rather embarrassed, they attempted to chat in an off-hand manner.

A lawyer by training with a self-confessed passion for ‘primary evidence’, Picard devoted years to examining household accounts, legal records, conduct books, reports from visitors and diplomats, contemporary newssheets, as well as the diaries of John Evelyn and, of course, Pepys. Our edition is filled with paintings and pictures of evocative objects from coins to road maps, and pictorial endpapers show London as it appeared before the Great Fire. As Jenny Uglow writes in a new introduction: ‘With the ebullient, scholarly Liza Picard as your guide, welcome to Restoration London – a world to enjoy.’
1 vota Balnaves | Sep 11, 2013 |
What life was like in London in the 1660s, covering city development, houses, interiors, gardens and open spaces, medicine, clothes and adornment, housework and shopping, food, sex, people, education, hobbies and entertainment, the law, money and class, and religion.

Pretty comprehensive coverage, interesting, and some good illustrations. I would have liked some illustrations in the section on clothing, which I found difficult to visualise from the descriptions. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Apr 28, 2013 |
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Making use of every possible contemporary source - diaries, memoirs, advice books, government papers, almanacs, even the Register of Patents - Liza Picard presents an enthralling picture of how life in London was really lived in the 1600s: the houses and streets, gardens and parks, cooking, clothes and jewellery, cosmetics, hairdressing, housework, laundry and shopping, medicine and dentistry, sex, education, hobbies, etiquette, law and crime, religion and popular beliefs. 'There is almost no aspect of life in Restoration London that is not meticulously described in these 300-odd pages' Jan Morris, Independent

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