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From poverty to pets, medicine to magic, slang to sex and 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 engrossing 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 belief. The London of 350 years ago is vividly brought to life.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781842127308
ISBN-10: 1842127306
Format: Paperback
(156mm x 199mm x 24mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson History
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publish Date: 1-May-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


UK Kirkus Review » This is lively and entertaining 'warts and all' view of London life in the 1660s, the decade of Samuel Pepys' diary. Everything from poverty to pets, medicine to magic, slang to sex and wallpaper to women's rights, and much more besides, finds a place here and the result is a real sense of what it must have been like to have been an ordinary person doing everyday things in the capital city of Charles II. (Kirkus UK)

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Author Biography - Liza Picard

Liza Picard was born in 1927. She read law at the London School of Economics and qualified as a barrister, but did not practise. She worked for many years in the office of the Solicitor of the Inland Revenue and lived in Gray's Inn and Hackney, before retiring to live in Oxford. Restoration London, the result of many years' interest and research into London life, was her first book.

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