Victorian London: The Tale of a City 1840-1870

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Victorian London: The Tale of a City 1840-1870

Victorian London The Tale of a City Like her previous books this book is the product of the author s passionate interest in the realities of everyday life and the conditions in which most people lived so often left out of history books

  • Title: Victorian London: The Tale of a City 1840-1870
  • Author: Liza Picard
  • ISBN: 9780753820902
  • Page: 129
  • Format: Paperback
  • Like her previous books, this book is the product of the author s passionate interest in the realities of everyday life and the conditions in which most people lived so often left out of history books This period of mid Victorian London covers a huge span Victoria s wedding and the place of the royals in popular esteem how the very poor lived, the underworld, prostiLike her previous books, this book is the product of the author s passionate interest in the realities of everyday life and the conditions in which most people lived so often left out of history books This period of mid Victorian London covers a huge span Victoria s wedding and the place of the royals in popular esteem how the very poor lived, the underworld, prostitution, crime, prisons and transportation the public utilities Bazalgette on sewers and road design, Chadwick on pollution and sanitation private charities Peabody, Burdett Coutts and workhouses new terraced housing and transport, trains, omnibuses and the Underground furniture and decor families and the position of women the prosperous middle classes and their new shops, e.g Peter Jones, Harrods entertaining and servants, food and drink unlimited liability and bankruptcy the rich, the marriage market, taxes and anti semitism the Empire, recruitment and press gangs The period begins with the closing of the Fleet and Marshalsea prisons and ends with the first steam operated Underground trains and the first Gilbert Sullivan.

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    1. Marte Patel on said:

      I enjoyed this book, although I got a little bit repetitive towards the end. The author chose to focus only on the years 1840-1870, which is definitely a good thing. Almost just the right length, with beautiful photos and a very interesting insight into Victorian London. Definitely recommended! Thanks Victoria!

    2. rabbitprincess on said:

      It's a mighty big effort to write about 30 years in the life of a city, especially one as big as London that was going through so many changes at that time. Still, Liza Picard manages to cover the essentials while packing in lots of interesting tidbits and providing her own witty commentary in places. Each chapter covers an aspect of life in London: for example, death, religion, education, and my favourite (the first chapter), smells. I was particularly interested in the section that covered the [...]

    3. Jill Hutchinson on said:

      This book covers the mid-years of Queen Victoria's reign and they were years of dramatic change and achievement.In 1840, London was basically a pest-hole, with sewage running in the streets and fouling the River Thames, crowded and filthy slums, appalling poverty, and disease. The author shows the reader the physical reality of daily living and it is not a pretty picture. But as the century moved forward, progress was madeflushing lavatories, underground railways, umbrellas, letter boxes, advanc [...]

    4. DeAnna Knippling on said:

      Quite the tome, densely packed with facts in a lovely, dry, straightforward tome. I will probably find more of her stuff as I expand my historical nonfiction reading.My only complaint was that there wasn't more. Whenever I came across things that I'd read more on elsewhere, I found myself going, "Oh, I hope she mentions XYZ." But of course there was space for only so much.This was very much a book about the city itself, not the world in general or larger movements through society. You'll find de [...]

    5. T. K. Elliott (Tiffany) on said:

      Liza Picard has achieved what many authors only dream of: to be informative, interesting, and witty. Simultaneously.Victorian London is split into chapters, each dealing with an aspect of London life, starting with Smells and ending with Death. Each chapter consists, essentially, of a long list of little snippets of information - sometimes with Picard's commentary, which is generally a joke or aside: she tends to let the information, much of which is quoted from original sources such as letters [...]

    6. Andrea Bowhill on said:

      Liza Picard opens up this book To Londoners, but I can safely add to history lovers, tourist and anyone fascinated with this Victorian era for the years of 1840-1870 there is simply a wealth of information about the social everyday life of Londoners. For all modern day Londoners living the life no need to look down at the pavement on your daily drudge to work because after reading this book you may look up and have thoughts of enlightenment and wonder. This era gives you an account of how you ca [...]

    7. Kate on said:

      If Guy Ritchie has one excuse to make another Sherlock Holmes movie, it is to be the filmmaker who built a scale model of the Crystal Palace at Sydenham and then blew it up. Or blew part of it up. I'd settle for a wing, and pay the twenty bucks to see it done in IMAX. 'Reclaimed', in the modern parlance, from the glass hall built for the Great Exhbition in 1851, the Crystal Palace was a Victorian Epcot Center of the ancient and prehistoric , built in the center of a three story hothouse, overdon [...]

    8. Emma Rose Ribbons on said:

      Another really solid work on the Victorian era. I'm giving it four stars because the length of the quotes really distracted me from the overall narrative and because, in the end, it didn't have that many details. It's a wonderful overview, though. I'd recommend reading it alongside other books on the period to have a true sense of life in the 19th century. While very interesting, it's not a book that stands on its own, I think.

    9. Bettie☯ on said:

      home audio - this offering is smack bang in the middle of the two polemics of London in the Nineteenth Century A Human Awful Wonder of God by Jerry White and Villainous Victorians by Terry Deary.Opens with The Great Stink (1858)This is a lovely quartet for the armchair historian; entirely readable, interesting, well researched and just the right page length. Recommended. 3* - Restoration London (1997)4* - Dr. Johnson's London: Coffee-Houses and Climbing Boys, Medicine, Toothpaste and Gin, Povert [...]

    10. Grigory on said:

      I'd say it's more a book of trivia raher than investigation. The choice of authors is rather peculiar and author doesn't compare them, just selects bits she finds curious and cites. It gives an awful lot of information which perhaps could let you look like a smart aleck at a dinner conversation, for example how much could you earn collecting dog poop for a whole day, but that's all. The author is absolutely uncritical about the sources she likes and sarcastically turns down the ones she doesn't. [...]

    11. Nancy on said:

      While it may seem odd to give 4 stars to a book I tagged as "did-not-finish", this really is that sort of book. Ms. Picard covers a wide range of topics, some of which didn't interest me.Victorian Londonis not a linear read, like a novel or history book, but a collection of chapters about different aspects of Victorian life. Feel free to skip to the chapters on topics that you care about. I found the chapters on the day to day lives of people in various classes particularly engaging. This is a g [...]

    12. Ade on said:

      Absolute gold! This is history as I had never read before. Liza Picard takes an era of history (in this case Victorian) and tells it with the trivia of the day. You learn huge amounts very, very quickly by her conjuring up the sights, sounds and smells of London in the time she is portraying. I cannot recommend Liza Picard books whether written or audiobooks. Am now listening to Dr Johnson's London and that is at least as good if not better.

    13. Kayla Tornello on said:

      This book goes into great detail about life in London during the middle years of Queen Victoria's reign. The author did a wonderful job of organizing the wide scope of material into something that made sense to the reader. I also enjoyed the author's writing tone. I appreciated her sense of humor. I will definitely be reading more books by this author!

    14. Katharine on said:

      I had been enjoying this until the author Liza Picard went on a vicious tirade against MY Queen Victoria. I could just spit. I'd rip the pages out of the book and gleefully burn them but this is a library copy

    15. Aaron Eames on said:

      Part of her series of London-based historical field-guides, Picard acts as your cicerone to the (early-to-mid-) Victorian capital. Thematic chapters explore the environs and denizens of the then industrial city par excellence. A superb section on The Great Exhibition of 1851 makes the read worthwhile for its own sake. It sometimes feels like Picard is marshalling facts rather than shepherding us tourists but she is supremely at home with her subject, easy at both the Victorian dinner and operati [...]

    16. John Peel on said:

      This is a wonderful, detailed and humorous look at life in London in the earlier part of Queen Victoria's reign. It covers everything from food, clothing, education and death to health care and class. The first chapter, for example, is called "Smells" Incredibly informative and absolutely delightful.

    17. Gayla Bassham on said:

      Somewhat unfocused, with no logical organization. Each chapter is pretty much self-contained. But entertainingly written and a treasure trove of information.

    18. Laura on said:

      Demasiada paja. No es para nada lo que me esperaba, va mezclando años y se tira páginas contando cosas irrelevantes. No sé, creo que la mitad del libro sobra.

    19. Alethea White-Previs on said:

      Picard has an incredible grasp of history, paired with a genuine ability to write well. She decided to focus only on a 30-year period of Victorian London, as the entire length of the Queen’s reign contained too many innovations and crises to cover in just one book. Picard sets out the chapters in a fascinating way – starting, for instance, with Chapter 1 – SMELLS. This is something one never considers when romanticizing the Victorian period, that to a modern nose England’s capital city w [...]

    20. Rob Thompson on said:

      In this, the fourth in her series of London histories, Liza Picard runs through the everyday life of Londoners between 1840 - 1870; a time when the city was the heart of the British Empire and its inhabitants seemed to be buzzing with new ideas and inventions.The book does a fine job of painting a vivid picture in the readers mind: smells, sights and sounds are all covered in huge detail using themed chapters, which are in themselves subdivided into smaller component parts. Religion, education, [...]

    21. Eduardo on said:

      What a disappointment! Picard promises us a tale, but her book is anything but that.A tale, according to the dictionary, is "a fictitious or true narrative [] one that is imaginatively recounted". But this book shows no imagination altogether. It is just an extensive list of dates, names, events, direct quotes, a huge accumulation of raw information which has not been processed /recounted to form precisely a tale. Just one typical example:"The Athenaeum (1830), unmistakable with its classical fr [...]

    22. RavenclawReadingRoom on said:

      An incredibly detailed yet entertaining and often funny look at the history of Victorian London. Each chapter is, in effect, its own self-contained section of the story and focuses on one aspect of Victorian society. Topics range from food to clothing to religion, transport, death, the Great Exhibition, and the royal family. Picard has covered every element of society in detail while still managing to make it interesting. Though each chapter is effectively self-contained - which does make the en [...]

    23. Ann on said:

      I read a lot of Victorian mysteries and love the romantic settings of the foggy nights and cobbled streets. Ms. Picard puts the truth into the light. The city of London in Victorian times was a filthy, smelly, nasty place with squalor all around. The rich were separated by class and by ethics. What was good for one was not for the other. This was a fascinating look at the city that I love to visit. It covers the years of Queen Victoria's best years from 1840 until 1870. The author covers the ent [...]

    24. Nicki Markus on said:

      I bought this book for research purposes since I am currently writing a story set in London 1862. I found it very useful for that purpose and also enjoyed it as a delightful snapshot of an era. Chapters are organised not by date but by subject matter, which is either good or bad depending on your needs. While it was hard for me to check a particular year, if I want to go back and confirm something about, say, houses at the time, I know I only have to review one chapter. The prose was readable an [...]

    25. Tambra Nicole Kendall on said:

      This book is packed with information. This is a keeper for my research shelf. Ms. Picard has a very relatable and likable writing style. I am enjoying how the book is laid out and her explanations of why she what information and why she only took the time periods of 1840 to 1870. I am planning to buy her other books as well.I am trying to learn about the Victorian era for a series of books I'm planning to write.I recommend this book for anyone interested in the era or to would like to learn abou [...]

    26. Alessandra on said:

      This book is a fun reference work of useful information. Ms. Picard covers London in the middle years of Victoria's reign and the nineteenth century, giving invaluable descriptions of daily life, public works, and entertainments. I would recommend it for anyone who would like a good grounding in mid-Victorian London.Recommended for historical novelists, steampunk authors, and anyone with an interest in history of everyday life.

    27. Fiona on said:

      I listened to the Audible version which is only available in the abridged format, unfortunately.It was an interesting and easy listen, giving a reasonably good overview of the social history of the period. It's more or less a basic primer, not addressing anything very unusual, and is clearly targeting a general audience rather than specialists. But so long as you buy it with the right expectations you should not be disappointed. It is well read by Anton Lesser.

    28. Starfish on said:

      Really well written, this general history covers more than just the usual topics of a history, and strives to bring Victorian London to life. It has chapters on Smell, on clothing, Death, Education and more. Unfortunately, Picard can't go into depth, but by conscientiously acknowledging her sources (as well as assessing them), she provides you with a good starting point to find out for yourself what you want to know. Excellent.

    29. Ratforce on said:

      If you're interested in a more focused exploration of urban life during the time of Vanity Fair, then Victorian London could be a good choice. This book wasn't intended to clarify mid-nineteenth-century English life for readers, but could offer the snapshot of London at the time that you're looking for.

    30. Diana on said:

      Another re-read of a Liza Picard social history book. I don't know why I enjoy her books so much. They just suck you in and are very entertaining for what could have been a dry history book. It's an older book and is getting to the end of being acceptable by most for research, but still very enjoyable.

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