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Book Title: 1700: Scenes from London Life|
The author of the book: Maureen Waller
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Edition: Basic Books
Date of issue: June 4th 2000
ISBN 13: 9781568581644
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 733 KB
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London......one of the great cities in the world in 1700.....trade was booming, William and Mary sat on the throne, beautiful buildings were being erected, many which still exist, and the city was growing by leaps and bounds. That was the positive side of London but there was a terribly dark side as well. It was a cesspool, sewage running in the streets and fouling the Thames, poverty that boggles the mind, a mortality rate that is hard to imagine, and rampant crime.
The author has divided the book into chapters dealing with specific components of life in the city and how the population dealt with living in a less than perfect society. She cover such things as marriage, disease, the poor, religion, and crime/punishment. The practice of medicine was a mix of superstition and quackery and people who escaped disease could expect to die before they reached the age of 35. The vaunted justice system of England sent thousands to the gallows for crimes ranging from stealing a loaf of bread to feed one's children to prostitution. Public hangings were a social event. Homeless children as young as five were put to work. Women whose husbands died or deserted were doomed to be interred in the "work house" or turned to prostitution to make a few shillings.
These are just a few of the horrors of 1700 in London.....a city growing too fast without a foundation to support those who lived there. I enjoyed this book but was also chilled by it.
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Read information about the authorMaureen Waller was educated at University College London, where she studied medieval and modern history. She received a master's degree at Queen Mary College, London, in British and European history 1660--1714. After a brief stint at the National Portrait Gallery, she went on to work as an editor at several prestigious London publishing houses. Her first book was the highly acclaimed 1700: Scenes from London Life. She currently lives in London with her husband, who is a journalist and author.
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