What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew : From Fox Hunting to Whist-the Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England
For every frustrated reader of the great nineteenth-century English novels of Austen, Trollope, Dickens, or the Bront#235;s who has ever wondered whether a duke outranked an earl, when to yell Tally Ho! at a fox hunt, or how one landed in debtor's prison, here is a delightful reader's companion that lights up the literary dark (The New York Times).This fascinating, lively guide clarifies the sometimes bizarre maze of rules, regulations, and customs that governed everyday life in Victorian England. Author Daniel Pool provides countless intriguing details (did you know that the plums in Christmas plum pudding were actually raisins?) on the Church of England, sex, Parliament, dinner parties, country house visiting, and a host of other aspects of nineteenth-century English life -- both upstairs and downstairs.An illuminating glossary gives at a glance the meaning and significance of terms ranging from ague to wainscoting, the specifics of the currency system, and a lively host of other details and curiosities of the day.
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October 01, 2012
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