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A portrait of 18th century England, from its princes to its paupers, from its metropolis to its smallest hamlet. The topics covered include - diet, housing, prisons, rural festivals, bordellos, plays, paintings, and work and wages. In this boldly drawn portrait of eighteenth-century England, Roy Porter defines a nation from its princes to its paupers, from its metropolis tA portrait of 18th century England, from its princes to its paupers, from its metropolis to its smallest hamlet. The topics covered include - diet, housing, prisons, rural festivals, bordellos, plays, paintings, and work and wages. In this boldly drawn portrait of eighteenth-century England, Roy Porter defines a nation from its princes to its paupers, from its metropolis to its smallest hamlet. The topics covered run the gamut, covering diet, housing, prisons, rural festivals, bordellos, plays, paintings, and work and wages.Roy Porter's new edition of his celebrated book of English cultural history was revised in light of changes in the climate of debate that occurred in the seven years after its first publication....

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ISBN : 9780140138191
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Number of Pages : 448 Pages
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English Society in the 18th Century Reviews

  • Ed
    2018-09-27 12:21

    Breathtakingly, Porter succeeds in conveying a four-dimensional multifaceted picture of English Society in the Eighteenth Century. If you want a chronological story or a detailed history of a particular facet of the English eighteenth century, this book is not for you. It helped that I was reasonably familiar with a lot of what he describes, but having someone lay out the whole picture, in wonderfully colorful language, was simply a pleasure. It makes me sad, once again, that he died so young.

  • Wendy Prosser
    2018-09-28 12:28

    I am writing a novel set in the late 18th century and bought this book as a starting point for my research. Compared with other, more “academic” texts on the period, I found it a quick, accessible read that did an excellent job of bringing Georgian England – warts and all – to life.Nine chapters cover the social hierarchy; the living conditions of the rich, the poor and the middling man (and woman); politics and the judicial system; religion and irreligion; the birth of our present-day materialistic society; the beginning of the industrial revolution; and more.Detailed but not overwhelming, with an extensive further reading list and an appendix of statistical tables, I would recommend English Society in the Eighteenth Century to anyone needing a broad introduction to the Hanoverian era.

  • Lara
    2018-10-10 16:21

    Ok, first off, other folks seem to have really liked this one, so maybe I just have a Bad Attitude about it. Maybe it just isn't quite what I was expecting it to be, and that's why I'm having such a hard time with it. But as much as I looooove Simon Vance, even his magical narration isn't making this any more interesting to me. I read a lot of non-fiction, so it's not that I can't handle that, and I am generally pretty fascinated with history. But a quarter of the way through this book, I feel like Simon Vance has been reading me a very, very long encyclopedia article on the subject, and I haven't really learned anything new yet. I notice that several other folks who have read this have shelved it as research, and I guess that's what it feels like to me--which is great, if that's what you're looking for, but probably not the best bet for listening to in the car on the way to and from work. I'm not going to finish it. But I will definitely keep the print version in mind if I ever decide I would like to research this time period out of something other than idle curiosity.

  • Jennifer Garlen
    2018-10-01 15:46

    This is absolutely one of the best books ever written about the English 18th century. Porter has a wry sense of humor, and the details and anecdotes woven into the data make the information palatable and even fun. If you really want an introduction to the age, this is the place to begin.

  • Michael
    2018-10-17 14:38

    Roy Porter is a brilliant historian and a lively prose writer. This is one of his better books, a commanding synthesis of eighteenth-century English society in all its complexities.

  • Nicole
    2018-10-17 15:40

    A good and rarely boring book, as far as histories go. The first chapter in some ways felt like it was written differently from the rest, as it was overloaded with the kind of details that drag on without excitement. After that, Porter found his stride, and his chapters found the right balance of explanation and supporting detail. I think I most enjoyed learning how many social trends that we associate with the Victorian period actually had their roots in the 18th century. Porter did well both painting pictures of everyday life and examining the larger trends that developed across the century.

  • MadgeUK
    2018-09-23 12:28

    Another useful reference books for readers of Victorian literature. Full of fascinating statistics about social life and work in the 18C and with an excellent index. Professor Roy Porter is an erudite and witty author and all his books on this period are eminently readable but some are much more expensive than this one, such as Patient's Progress, Doctors and Doctoring in the 18th Century, which I would recommend if I didn't have a care for your pocket book!

  • Eve
    2018-10-08 14:21

    I read this book to further my understanding of the England of Jane Austen's time. It is densely packed, covering many areas, including economics and religion. Obviously, no one area is covered in depth, but it's a very overview for the layman, and the author provides a list of further reading for each area covered. I only wish there had been more about women and how they participated in this society.

  • Chris Mead
    2018-10-08 16:28

    Definitely improved my opinion of an era that I've otherwise been "meh" about. Also belatedly realized that I've read some of Roy Porter's substantial output before (his social history of London comes immediately to mind) and really enjoyed it, so I'm hitting the library and trying a few more of his titles.

  • F.E. Greene
    2018-10-03 14:45

    I purchased this book while writing a novel partially set in the Georgian Era. As an author I found it very useful, thorough, and detailed. It contained quite a bit of information I did not find in other books of this sort or even primary sources. I would recommend it for anyone with a strong interest in the era or for authors who strive to accurately reflect the era in their own writings.

  • Becky
    2018-10-08 16:27

    Took a while, but this was an excellent, readable book about life and society in eighteenth-century Britain (an era that gets mysteriously overlooked, despite people's interested in France at the same period and the slew of Victorian novels set in that time). I learned a lot, and understanding the eighteenth century is so important to putting the Regency and Victorian periods in perspective.

  • Irina
    2018-10-11 17:49

    A surprisingly sensible people were those 18th century English! None of that false Victorian modesty that followed after nor the New Agey stuff of the modern days. A popular verse at the time, this pretty much sums it up: "Life but a little can supply - a few good f** and then you die!" :)))

  • Diane Dooley
    2018-09-21 14:49

    Phew. It took me a while to get through this book because it is so densely packed with statistics, facts and information. All of this is beautifully presented in an erudite and enjoyable writing style. The only thing lacking was pictures/illustrations/etc. Highly recommended for history buffs.

  • Lorna
    2018-10-12 14:42

    Excellent introduction to a much-overlooked period of English history. An engaging read, full of anecdotes, quotes and statistics which bring the era to life and put the literature and art of the century in context. An excellent bibliography too.

  • Nicholas
    2018-09-16 16:36

    I enjoyed this very much. A huge amount of information is engagingly conveyed, fascinating.

  • M
    2018-09-27 15:32

    A good introductory text.

  • Marie
    2018-09-29 15:24

    Can't wait to see whether the English were any more civilized than the French during this period. Oy vey!P.S. No, they weren't. : )

  • Alexandra
    2018-09-24 15:24

    Brilliantly researched, but somewhat dry. Just couldn't keep my interest. Wish I could give 2.5 stars, though.

  • Jack Jacobson
    2018-10-12 18:24

    Fascinating look at the society of Jane Austen. More trivia about the 18th century than you can imagine!

  • WilliamShep
    2018-09-29 20:49

    A nice overview of manners and customs as England began to transition into the Industrial Revolution and recovered from the loss of the American colonies.

  • Carol Dobson
    2018-10-06 17:29

    Excellent. Very detailed.

  • Julaine
    2018-09-17 16:34

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