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1700: Scenes from London Life

Scenes from London Life Maureen Waller captures the grit and excitement of London in Combining investigative reporting with popular history she portrays London s teeming sprawling urban life and creates a brilliant cu

  • Title: 1700: Scenes from London Life
  • Author: Maureen Waller
  • ISBN: 9781568582160
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Paperback
  • Maureen Waller captures the grit and excitement of London in 1700 Combining investigative reporting with popular history, she portrays London s teeming, sprawling urban life and creates a brilliant cultural map of a city poised between medievalism and empire in this Book of the Month Club Selection.

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    1. London of the great cities in the world in 1700.ade was booming, William and Mary sat on the throne, beautiful buildings were being erected, many which still exist, and the city was growing by leaps and bounds. That was the positive side of London but there was a terribly dark side as well. It was a cesspool, sewage running in the streets and fouling the Thames, poverty that boggles the mind, a mortality rate that is hard to imagine, and rampant crime.The author has divided the book into chapter [...]

    2. Re-read 2016 - A book about what you could have seen, eaten, heard, and smelled if you lived in London during 1700. It is a social history and the very first book I had read by this author. It made me a fan of her style of writing and I have read other books published by her since. This is my favorite by her and it is one that I love to re-read and use for papers for my history classes.

    3. A vivid, readable description of London at the turn of the century - not the 21st century, or even the 20th, but the 18th. Twelve years after the Glorious Revolution, 35 years after the Plague Year, 51 years after the execution of Charles I. Each chapter follows a different theme, and the book is full of fascinating snippets of real London life - marriages happy and unhappy, childbirth and childhood, work, leisure, food and drink, prostitutes, highwaymen, pickpockets and all. A great read for an [...]

    4. A readable and fun account of the sociology of early 18th century London. This is the era when London gradually became the center of the world, and the society of that capital began to become recognizable to modern eyes more or less. The book covers marriage, childbirth, childhood, disease and medicine, death and burial, domestic arrangements, fashion, consumption of food and drink, the emergence of social gathering places such as coffee houses and taverns, amusements, the work environment, pove [...]

    5. This is a book that does what it says on the tin. When you've finished it, you'll have a pretty clear idea about the sights, smells and activities of this overcrowded city and centre of commerce as it enters the eighteenth century. You'll read about rich and poor, immigrant Huguenots, prostitutes, life in the taverns and coffee houses. You'll find out what each stage of life is like, from newborn to elderly, for the well, the ill and diseased, the working person and the wealthy resident. It's fu [...]

    6. I loved this book! It discusses in depth how Londoners managed to live (or sometimes not) in and around the year 1700. The author covers many topics from marriage and childbirth to work and poverty to vice, crime, and punishment.Suicide seemed to be unusually prevalent in the years around 1700. It is unclear whether there were actually more suicides than there had been earlier or whether the large population and the newspaper coverage given to suicides at the time just made it seem that way. A f [...]

    7. First, I'm really glad I'm not living in London circa 1700. Maureen Waller's in-depth examination of the everyday life of a Londoner at the turn of the 18th century is chilling. Not only was life for the vast majority of the city's citizens nasty, brutish and short, London itself was filthy, foul-smelling and crime-ridden.And what's really frightening is that other Englishmen and women flocked to the capital because life there was better than where they were from.On top of all that, Waller's may [...]

    8. There's a whole tonne of wonderful detail in this book, so that if I were writing a project that wanted what kind of signs coffee merchants had over their shops, or what you called certain hairstyles, or how much one spent on jasmine-scented gloves and what they were called, I'd want to have this book to hand as a reference. Great resource, and never dull for all that.However, the organisation as a whole felt as though it were selecting topics the author was interested and ignoring other areas, [...]

    9. Frances Hardinge mentioned this one in the acknowledgements for Fly by Night, so I grabbed it from the library. It’s exactly what it says it is — there’s no underlying narrative here, just a series of themed chapters that each explore some aspect of London life at the time. I liked it a lot, but it was harder to read than something like The Ghost Map, which also makes an effort to immerse the reader in the technology and society and zeitgeist of another time but does so in the context of a [...]

    10. This was a fascinating look into the life of Londoners in the 1700s. True to the title of the book, each chapter reads like a scene depicting a certain topic. My favorites were towards the beginning, such as the chapters about marriage, childbirth, childhood, death, and disease. The chapter about childbirth was exceptionally interesting, yet brutal, and made me thoroughly glad I'll never have to live through their procedures. The biggest flaw for me in this book was the amount of time I had to s [...]

    11. Big, dirty and merciless London at the turn of the eighteenth century. Maureen Waller covers life and death in THE metropolis of its day. The lives of servants, merchants, the wealthy and every one caught between pop out through referential use of contemporary diarists and observations recorded by foreigners. The customs of marriage,childbirth and childhood,death,fashions,the home,amusements,the working classes, and vice and punishments are explored. Entertaining and gritty,it was a good read.

    12. This is a re-read for me. A fascinating examination of all facets and classes of life in 1700 London. Britain had established itself as THE world military and economic power in the 1600s, following the defeat of the Dutch and the Spanish. "1700" covers marriage, birth, death, disease, life in the coffee houses (the first "men's clubs"), transport, art, and daily life among the "middling sort."

    13. A very interesting book. Some chapters are better than others, I particularly liked the chapters on food, coffee shops and working life. I read it from start to finish which was slow going - I'd recommend reading it a chapter or two at a time.

    14. Although my eyes did occasionally gloss over, this was a mostly entertaining and informative account of daily life in London at the beginning of the 18th century. There are, it turns out, many similarities between then and now.

    15. It was ok. Not a lot of stuff I didn't already know. The biography of Samuel Pepys, is more informative. (Not to be confused with Pepys' Diary). I also thought it came to a sudden end. Like there had been more, but was removed. (??) *Shrug*

    16. Really good, with lots of fascinating detail. I loved the excerpts from journals and other period writings.

    17. Excellent book if you are an anglophile like I am and love finding out about what day to day life was like during that time period. Very well written.

    18. A fairly good read about life in London in 1700 - but the book is going to the charity shop as I can't imagine reading it again

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