From poverty to pets, from medicine to magic, from slang to sex, from wallpaper to women's rights. A glorious portrait of life in London from 1660-1670 by the bestselling author of ELIZABETH'S LONDON. 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.
A well written and read, very informative book. Filled with facts and information about the Restoration. Liza Picard has brought the whole era to life with characters of all stations of life made very real and easy to emphasise with.
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What disappointed you about Restoration London?
Poor grammar, lack of research. Nothing new here. Just a well worn history book. Lazy.
What could Liza Picard have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Do some research and give us some interesting facts that everyone didn't know before.
What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Excellent reader. Made the book listenable, till the frustration set in with all of the above.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Restoration London?
Re-write and do sone research instead of gleaning the work of others.
I knew quite a lot about the tudors, but almost nothing about the 17th century restoration of the monarchy, so I really enjoyed this social history, which is both well written and well read.