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Daily Life In Victorian England

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Drawing on a wealth of sources, this volume brings England's Victorian era to life. Teachers, students, and interested readers can use this resource to examine Victorian life in a multitude of settings, from idyllic country estates to urban slums. Organized for easy reference, the volume provides information about the physical, social, economic, and legal details of daily ...more
Hardcover, 1st, 313 pages
Published September 24th 1996 by Greenwood (first published January 1st 1996)
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Description: Drawing on a wealth of sources, this volume brings England's Victorian era to life. Teachers, students, and interested readers can use this resource to examine Victorian life in a multitude of settings, from idyllic country estates to urban slums. Organized for easy reference, the volume provides information about the physical, social, economic, and legal details of daily life in Victorian England. Over sixty illustrations plus excerpts from primary sources enliven the work, which ...more
Sep 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
I liked this book. I would have preferred some more depth with some topics, but it was a nice wrap up of the era.
It showed what changed and what stayed the same. We get to know different aspects of society, the differences between the classes, school systems, ethics and even a bit about the empire. There is some information towards race issues and how they changed (from culture to biology, e.g. originally Indians were considered culturally inferior in Victorian times not biologically and the dif
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

An outstanding, and readable, reference work. Mitchell covers all the major topics, including religion, and has an uncanny knack of answering the reader's questions even as they're forming. In addition to the many illustrations and charts that accompany the text, there is a glossary, a bibliography, and an extensive appendix titled "Victorian Research and Resources", in which the author details how best to consult the vast array of material the WWW has to offer. If you're looking for a place to
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thorough overview of everyday life. Very informational and easy to read.
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Evangelical churches in the US, by many associated today with religious fundamentalism and all its corollaries, took their present-day form in the XIXth century. Is it not, then, highly ironic and paradoxical that in England “evangelicals abolished the slave trade, ended flogging in the army and navy, got rid of public hanging, strove to convert criminal justice from ‘punishment’ to ‘reform,’ established schools, cleared slums, built decent housing for workers, abolished blood sports and protect ...more
Brianna Lawcock
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing book for what it is. It's an introductory book. With all their topics, there is no real way to really dig into too much. I can't tell you how many times I've dug this book out (particularly for the table of careers and general pay grades) to either reference something, or give it to others to look through for their projects.

While it's not a book that I would say is the only one you need, particularly if you're obsessed, like I am. I do fully believe that it is one of the stap
Denise Spicer
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Chapters include: Brief History, Class, Tradition, and Money, Working Life, Technology, Official Life (Government and Law), Private Life, Social Customs, Education, Medicine, Leisure and Holidays, Religion, Military, and Victorian Morality. This book contains lots of details about the Victorian Era and is very interesting and informative about the everyday life of people in every class. Although in a fairly scholarly format it lacks footnotes but does include a glossary and “Further Reading” sec ...more
Alice Lupin
"Daily life in Victorian England" is delightfully informative while remaining interesting and immersive. Join Mitchell on her tour through Victorian England's ups and downs as she introduces us to the curious and familiar habits of England in a crucial time of it's existence. Playfully switching between her own research and sources of the time itself she succeeds in shaping a clear image of the time in such a way that you will not be able to put the book down after you have started.
penny shima glanz
Feb 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to penny by: Melanie
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A very approachable look into Victorian society. Sources are cited but do not bog down the reader, yet the lack of pages following pages of numbers do not lower the level of the information presented. Overall, I found this a delight and I found it a useful resource for assisting with Victorian novels.
Amy Wolf
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A FANTASTIC research tool for those interested in the Victorian period. I already had substantial background, but this book taught me many facts which were completely new to me. Structured very intelligently and written so that all can understand, I found this an invaluable writer's resource. Thanks Ms. Mitchell, for doing all the work so that we don't have to!
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting look into Victorian society in England. The author takes care in weaving an interesting non-fiction narrative that is not overly biased. This book may seem dry to some and boring to others (who may know about the Victorian age already), but is still worth the read if you have interest in the social aspects of this period of history.
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2017
From the title I was expecting more of an intimate description of the general activities and daily routine of Victorian families. However, the book is full of interesting information, albeit rather in textbook style than casual reading material. A great reference book for anyone researching the period.
May 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great behind the scenes of Victorian England - whether you are a follower of Victorian era television, books, or just a history buff wanting to know more about the lives of people before us. I especially liked that there was a decent listing of books for further in-depth reading.
C Hellisen
Oct 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: research
An entertaining and easy-to read over-view of Victorian England. Good for getting a general picture of the era. It's an American book so I did find certain things amusing, like having cricket explained.

Don't expect in-depth analysis of events, and treat it more as a primer.
May 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
A great book for helping you get more from most Victorian novels and many Masterpiece Theater productions.
Sonia Gensler
Excellent resource for a writer of historical fiction.
Dec 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting. Some of what we thought life was like back then is incorrect according to this book. Just wish I could remember everything I read.
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Sally Mitchell is Professor of English and Affiliated Professor of Women's Studies at Temple University. She is the author or editor of several books on 19th century England.
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