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Down and Out in Eighteenth-Century London
London in the eighteenth century was the greatest city in the world, and a magnet that drew men and women from the rest of England in huge numbers. If for a few the streets were paved with gold, for the majority it was a harsh world with little guarantee of money or food. For the poor and destitute, London's streets offered little more than the barest living. Yet men, wome ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Bloomsbury Academic
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A research book but interesting in many ways especially the history of the Blackguard youth gangs, the beggars, lamp-boys, brush-boys, all doing their best to get by in a cold fierce city without welfare or social reform. The fact that the author was himself homeless on the streets of London adds credibility to this fascinating volume.