English Society in the Eighteenth Century, Second Edition (The Penguin Social History of Britain)

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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.

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Roy Porter was, until his retirement, Professor in the Social History of Medicine at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine. He died in 2002.

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''Vivid, witty, and entertaining . . . Easily the best general account of eighteenth-century society that we have.'' --New York Review of Books

''A brilliant work . . . Porter's picture of eighteenth-century England is boldly drawn . . . He ranges far and wide, from princes and paupers and from the metropolis to the smallest hamlet. Stay-making and corsetry, prisons, rural festivals, diet and housing, bordellos and sex therapists...paintings and plays, work and wages, balloons and bastady are only a fraction of the topics covered by this breathtaking narrative . . . No one will fail to learn much from Porter's bustling book.'' --London Review of Books

''Offers a succession of vivid images of thought, politics, work culture, deviance, sex-life and smell of eighteenth-century Englishmen . . . It is the gusto, the vigor and the fun that make this book.'' --Sunday Times

''Covers a vast area of historical scholarship, both traditional and contemporary . . . His writing glows . . . and positively crackles when expressing the vigor and zest of what has been rightly called the age of exuberance.'' --Times Literary Supplement

''Porter bowls through eighteenth-century society with the brash confidence of the 'rubicund tradesman' whose world he recaptures so well, deploying formidable erudition, vigorous ideas and skillful expression to provide a book which should inform, arouse and provoke.'' --New Statesman

''A pioneering work.'' --Observer

A brilliant work....Porter s picture of eighteenth-century England is boldly drawn....He ranges far and wide, from princes and paupers and from the metropolis to the smallest hamlet. Stay-making and corsetry, prisons, rural festivals, diet and housing, bordellos and sex therapists...paintings and plays, work and wages, balloons and bastady are only a fraction of the topics covered by this breathtaking narrative....No one will fail to learn much from Porter s bustling book. --London Review of Books

Offers a succession of vivid images of thought, politics, work culture, deviance, sex-life and smell of eighteenth-century Englishmen....it is the gusto, the vigor and the fun that make this book. --Sunday Times
Covers a vast area of historical scholarship, both traditional and contemporary....His writing glows...and positively crackles when expressing the vigor and zest of what has been rightly called the age of exuberance. --Times Literary Supplement
Porter bowls through eighteenth-century society with the brash confidence of the rubicund tradesman whose world he recaptures so well, deploying formidable erudition, vigorous ideas and skillful expression to provide a book which should inform, arouse and provoke. --New Statesman --.

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