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Restoration London: Everyday Life in the 1660s

Liza Picard

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Life of London, London, Greater London, Prose: non-fiction, History, Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, Social & cultural history

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.

'There is almost no aspect of life in Restoration London that is not meticulously described in these 300 odd pages' Jan Morris, Independent

'This is a joy of a book. Its style is both simple and evocative...And it radiates throughout that quality so essential in a good historian: infinite curiosity' - Roy Porter, Observer

'A pot pourri of the ordinary and the extraordinary, the predictable and the astonishing' - Literary Review

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Liza Picard

Liza Picard was born in 1927. She worked for the Inland Revenue for many years and lived in London, before retiring to Oxford where she now lives.

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