Victorian London: The Life of a City by Liza Picard pp, Weidenfeld , £ It’s fitting that Liza Picard should begin her survey of. Victorian London has ratings and 65 reviews. Jill said: This book covers the mid-years of Queen Victoria’s reign and they were years of dramatic ch. Victorian London, by Liza Picard. Double-standard city. Michael Leapman; Friday 30 September 0 comments.

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Work” is particularly harrowing:. Thematic chapters explore the environs and denizens of the then industrial city par excellence. Soldier Sahibs by Charles Allen. There’s no shortage of other works to supplement any lack here. Feb 23, Andrea Bowhill rated it it was amazing.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. I was particularly interested in the section that covered the 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.

But in victorrian nice way. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Sounds like it would have been a remarkable exhibition. Customers who bought this item also bought. With her trademark lodnon and passionate interest in the quirky realities of everyday life, Liza Picard vividly recalls all the splendors and horrors of Victorian life.


Quite the tome, densely packed with facts in a lovely, dry, straightforward tome. Praise for Victorian London: The Indian Mutiny by Saul David. Following the coffin was the Duke’s horse, led by his groom, with those famous boots in the stirrup, facing backwards.

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The city of London in Victorian times was a filthy, smelly, nasty place with squalor all around. There is an element of humorous observation weaved throughout the narrative yet it does not detract from the subject matter and become comic and patronising as some of these histories are wont to do.

It’s fitting that Liza Picard should begin her survey of early Victorian London with a chapter on that least regarded of the senses, smell – the little pinky, as it were, on our round handful. The author did a wonderful job of organizing the wide scope of material into something that made sense to the reader. Despite the string of parliamentary enquiries listed here, a new market dealing in dead-meat was not established until For instance, what was Nash’s “social purpose” in locating what was to become Regent’s Street, who paid for the work, why was his “majestic vision” cut short 25what was its impact and how was it regarded?

The mixture included poor Irish seasonal workers, exiled French Catholic priests, German merchants, clerks and artisans, Spanish and Italian refugees, Russian, Polish and Austrian Jews towards the end of the period, and so outside Picard’s parameters and the more exotic and marginalized groups who drifted in from the docks. Picard performs the function of master of ceremonies, ushering you from person to person, giving you a few words of explanation where needed, and adding in her own jokes.


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Liza Picard writes in an easy-going style which disguises the liz amount of research. She has authored several books about London. London in the Nineteenth Century: The abundant illustrations add greatly to the narrative. City,” he moves from the old London to the new, both chronologically and geographically, out to the suburbs — an enormous area to cover, in every sense. I love this book.

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Write a customer review. I appreciated her sense of humor. You’ll find details lonvon what people wore and why, and how much it cost–not a sweeping overview of industrialization. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

Buildings, the river, the streets, working, middle, upper classes and royalty, domestic service, poverty, railway, Crystal Palace at Sydenham, Great Exhibition, health, fashions, language, food, and so on.

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