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The Resource 1700 : scenes from London life, Maureen Waller

1700 : scenes from London life, Maureen Waller

Label
1700 : scenes from London life
Title
1700
Title remainder
scenes from London life
Statement of responsibility
Maureen Waller
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • In its excesses and extravagances, in its sharp distinctions between the very rich and the very poor, 1700 has its parallels to the cultural climate of today: cheek-by-jowl brutality and civility, hazards and promise. 1700: Scenes from London Life is more than a snapshot of a particular time and place, it is a detailed portrait of the complexity of urban civilization. As the eighteenth century dawned, London was straddling the medievalism of its past and the booming industrialism and colonialism that awaited. London was not the image provided us by Masterpiece Theatre: open sewers and rivers of raw waste were as mundane as fire, theft, and violence. As people streamed into the capital from the provinces and the population exploded, the mortality rate and rampant disease kept apace. The damage from the Great Fire of 1666 was evident, even as the spires of Christopher Wren were rising from the ashes. Maureen Waller has deftly woven accounts from newspapers and diaries with court records and popular literature to create an intimate biography of this cultural capital. She cites official accounts of wife swapping, infanticide, and edicts on the requisite materials for shrouds and embalming supplies. In addition, she includes the voices of the ordinary people. From the practical householder who contracted a cold and prepared for his burial by ordering the fabric for his "winding cloth" as a precaution, to the advice manuals on a child's appropriate diet (beer and sweet wines encouraged), Waller allows average citizens their fifteen minutes of fame. Waller also investigates the seamier aspects of London, from the crime to the punishment. Eight times a year, the muffled church bells rang out to call people to a public hanging -- an eagerly anticipated public holiday. The hustle and bustle created a combustion of creativity in the saloons (alcohol, not tea, was the most common beverage), clubs, and scientific societies. The theories of Locke, Swift, Halley, and Newton were only some of the great ideas generated in this urban petri dish. - Publisher
  • In its excesses and extravagances, in its sharp distinctions between the very rich and the very poor, 1700 has its parallels to the cultural climate of today: cheek-by-jowl brutality and civility, hazards and promise. 1700: Scenes from London Life is more than a snapshot of a particular time and place, it is a detailed portrait of the complexity of urban civilization. As the eighteenth century dawned, London was straddling the medievalism of its past and the booming industrialism and colonialism that awaited. London was not the image provided us by Masterpiece Theatre: open sewers and rivers of raw waste were as mundane as fire, theft, and violence. As people streamed into the capital from the provinces and the population exploded, the mortality rate and rampant disease kept apace. The damage from the Great Fire of 1666 was evident, even as the spires of Christopher Wren were rising from the ashes. Maureen Waller has deftly woven accounts from newspapers and diaries with court records and popular literature to create an intimate biography of this cultural capital. She cites official accounts of wife swapping, infanticide, and edicts on the requisite materials for shrouds and embalming supplies. In addition, she includes the voices of the ordinary people. From the practical householder who contracted a cold and prepared for his burial by ordering the fabric for his "winding cloth" as a precaution, to the advice manuals on a child's appropriate diet (beer and sweet wines encouraged), Waller allows average citizens their fifteen minutes of fame. Waller also investigates the seamier aspects of London, from the crime to the punishment. Eight times a year, the muffled church bells rang out to call people to a public hanging -- an eagerly anticipated public holiday.The hustle and bustle created a combustion of creativity in the saloons (alcohol, not tea, was the most common beverage), clubs, and scientific societies. The theories of Locke, Swift, Halley, and Newton were only some of the great ideas generated in this urban petri dish. - Publisher
  • "London in 1700 was a capital on the verge of a new century and at the dawn of the modern age, a place of untold potential, caught on the cusp between England's medieval past and a fabulous future. After the Revolution of 1688, England could look forward to a new century with boundless optimism and ebullience, as the unprecedented riches of commerce and colonialism appeared on the horizon." "But there was a less glittering side to London's success. Life was precarious, drink, gambling and cruel sports were the people's palliatives. As men, women and children poured into the metropolis, employment, shelter and sustenance became increasingly scarce. As London flourished, so too did crime and prostitution." "Maureen Waller describes a familiar yet alien world - it is as if we are looking in a distorted mirror. A panoply of anecdotes, detail and amusing contrasts, the book draws on a range of sources from court records, newspapers and pamphlets to eyewitness accounts in diaries, letters, travelogues and memoirs."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Waller, Maureen
Dewey number
942.106
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DA681
LC item number
.W27 2000
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • London (England)
  • London (England)
Label
1700 : scenes from London life, Maureen Waller
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 333-350) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Marriage -- Childbirth -- Childhood -- Disease -- Death -- The home -- Fashion -- Food and drink -- Coffee-house, clubs, alehouses and taverns -- Amusements -- The working city -- The poor -- Huguenots and other strangers -- Religion and superstition -- Prostitution and vice -- Crime and punishment
Control code
43701638
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
vii, 388 pages
Isbn
9781568581644
Lccn
00028832
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Label
1700 : scenes from London life, Maureen Waller
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 333-350) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Marriage -- Childbirth -- Childhood -- Disease -- Death -- The home -- Fashion -- Food and drink -- Coffee-house, clubs, alehouses and taverns -- Amusements -- The working city -- The poor -- Huguenots and other strangers -- Religion and superstition -- Prostitution and vice -- Crime and punishment
Control code
43701638
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
vii, 388 pages
Isbn
9781568581644
Lccn
00028832
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps

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