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Restoration London

Everyday Life in the 1660s
Narrated by: Sean Barrett
Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: History, British
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From poverty to pets, from medicine to magic, from slang to sex, from wallpaper to women's rights. A glorious portrait of life in London from 1660-1670 by the bestselling author of ELIZABETH'S LONDON. Making use of every possible contemporary source - diaries, memoirs, advice books, government papers, almanacs, even the Register of Patents - Liza Picard presents an enthralling picture of how life in London was really lived in the 1600s: the houses and streets, gardens and parks, cooking, clothes and jewellery, cosmetics, hairdressing, housework, laundry and shopping, medicine and dentistry, sex, education, hobbies, etiquette, law and crime, religion and popular beliefs.

©2011 Liza Picard (P)2011 Orion Audio

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"A beautifully produced reference work" ( Rose Tremain, Financial Times)

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  • Mary
  • 26-01-2019

Fascinating

For those of us who are not terribly well versed in Restoration social history, this is wonderful. Without pictures, Liza Picard paints a multi-dimensional portrait of our ancestors, both rich and poor. What's more, she does it with a lively, humorous tone, very ably conveyed by Sean Barrett.
I understand that the author began writing history books only when she had retired from a career in Law. She was born in 1927. Her writing is extraordinarily humane and interesting - and she is evidently tolerant and fond of her subject. I am immensely grateful for this book - and look forward very much to the others.

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  • Teresa Cooper
  • 27-03-2015

Return of the Stuart's.

A well written and read, very informative book. Filled with facts and information about the Restoration. Liza Picard has brought the whole era to life with characters of all stations of life made very real and easy to emphasise with.

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  • Janice
  • 03-11-2016

School Book

What disappointed you about Restoration London?

Poor grammar, lack of research. Nothing new here. Just a well worn history book. Lazy.

What could Liza Picard have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Do some research and give us some interesting facts that everyone didn't know before.

What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Excellent reader. Made the book listenable, till the frustration set in with all of the above.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Restoration London?

Re-write and do sone research instead of gleaning the work of others.

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  • Esther
  • 28-05-2015

an excellent book, well read

I knew quite a lot about the tudors, but almost nothing about the 17th century restoration of the monarchy, so I really enjoyed this social history, which is both well written and well read.