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English Society in the Eighteenth Century | [Roy Porter]

English Society in the Eighteenth Century

In this boldly drawn portrait of 18th-century England, Roy Porter defines a nation from its princes to its paupers, from its metropolis to its smallest hamlet. The topics covered run the gamut, covering diet, housing, prisons, rural festivals, bordellos, plays, paintings, and work and wages.
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Publisher's Summary

In this boldly drawn portrait of 18th-century England, Roy Porter defines a nation from its princes to its paupers, from its metropolis to its smallest hamlet. The topics covered run the gamut, covering diet, housing, prisons, rural festivals, bordellos, plays, paintings, and work and wages.

Roy Porter's new edition of his celebrated book of English cultural history was revised in light of changes in the climate of debate that occurred in the seven years after its first publication.

©1990 Roy Porter; (P)2005 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Vivid, witty, and entertaining...easily the best general account of eighteenth-century society that we have." (New York Review of Books)

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    Amazon Customer 10-16-09 Member Since 2007
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    "A ton of information"

    The listener has to be prepared to create their own "total picture" out of an enormous amount of information and statistics that the author provides for you. There is very little story telling to this, but if you are willing to create your own understanding of the period out of a lot of information this will do the trick. The information is certainly provided clearly enough--just not as much help in interpreting it all as I might have liked.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    susan Marshfield, VT, United States 05-31-11
    susan Marshfield, VT, United States 05-31-11 Member Since 2009
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    "A Critique of a Period"

    I found this book narrow in scope--a critique of the period, rather than an attempt to put the period in context. For example, the section on women had one main point: women had little power in England in the eighteenth century. Hardly a surprise. The author returns again and again to the point that the government was corrupt, and that the class system was dominant. I accept the premise--but was hoping for a broader discussion of art, music, philosophy, literature, architecture---all windows into a deeper understanding of history.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    05-04-11
    05-04-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Fantastic and Interesting"

    This is a very immersive introduction to the period and while there is a lot of information presented, you do, by the end of it have a great understanding of the extravagance, pride and poverty of this time in English history. It is not for those that would rather a narrative experience and are looking for one cohesive point of view (however any historian will tell you there is no such thing). I found it eye opening and interesting, from the revelation that hanging 7 year olds was seen as just (the case of a little girl who stole a petticoat) to the extravagance of English politics. A worthwhile experience, I came away with a well rounded view of the time.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Amis London 10-19-09
    Robert Amis London 10-19-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Excellent"

    Porter's books were always good and this is no exception. Themes are examined across a number of aspects of eighteenth century English History and Porter manages to mix entertainment and education. This was a set text when I was covering this period at University last year

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Elizabeth Reynolds SUMMERVILLE, SC, United States 05-12-14
    Mary Elizabeth Reynolds SUMMERVILLE, SC, United States 05-12-14 Member Since 2013

    author of Lowcountry Legend's series

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    "Worth multiple listens"

    This is the third time that I have listened to this social history of the 18th century. I like it just as much now, as the first. It is very much like the time traveler books by Ian Mortimer without the kitsch. For students and lovers of history alike.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    joan aptos, CA, United States 09-27-12
    joan aptos, CA, United States 09-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "love english society novels"
    Would you listen to English Society in the Eighteenth Century again? Why?

    yes - very curious about this era in English society


    What was one of the most memorable moments of English Society in the Eighteenth Century?

    the monarchy


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I always try to find books read by Simon Vance because he is such a perfectionist


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    it was almost all very interesting


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to find other novels of similar subject

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Duarte, CA, United States 08-13-11
    Bob Duarte, CA, United States 08-13-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Too much detail"

    Although I'm interested in the subject, it went into too much detail for me as a layman historian. It might be good for the scholars who thrive on the details that most of us aren't interested in.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Midwest Lady Indiana 07-06-15
    Midwest Lady Indiana 07-06-15 Member Since 2015

    Reader. Painter. Newspaper columnist. Nurse. Humane Society. Lake life. Walker. Happily remarried - was a widow.

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    "Excellent entertaining and thorough."

    Covered all aspects. Well researched. Was actually fun to listen to. Learned a great deal. Fast paced and not boring history. Recommend it.

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    horoscopy 01-26-15
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    "Great in depth study of English SOCIETY in 1700s"
    Where does English Society in the Eighteenth Century rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it is definitely in the top 10 percentile


    What did you like best about this story?

    very well written and well narrated. I disagree that that there is too much detail as others have said. I think it is very well written and gives quite a lot of depth of understanding and information as well


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    very good. I enjoyed his narration and definitely will like him to narrate more audio books that I might be interested in.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    it is a book that would want to come back to again and again to get more information and ideas "downloaded" on this very important century .


    Any additional comments?

    highly recommend it

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    Melody Chilliwack, BC, Canada 09-21-09
    Melody Chilliwack, BC, Canada 09-21-09
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    "Disappointing"

    THe book is presented as being thoughtfully laid out, specific subjects to be presented in each chapter etc..
    Hardly. Instead I found it distractingly choppy and disorganized. It was impossible to learn much from this as a cohesive thought or point is rarely completed before another 'quote' from yet another individual is interjected. I have decided it is not worth my time to finish it.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    "Sprawling - in a good way"

    Porter tackles a century that saw huge changes in England and manages to strike a beautiful balance between painting a sort of crowd scene of scientists, dandies, yeomen farmers, actresses, dissolute nobels and forward thinking social reformers while giving us enough detail about personalities to make us lean in and really look at the faces in the crowd.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • David
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    "A fine and interesting book"

    The C18th has always been a bit of a gap in my historical knowledge and this fine book from Roy Porter proved a great way to fill it. Interesting stories, entertainingly told and unobstrusively narrated by Simon Vance. A good effort all round.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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