Filth, Noise & Stench in England 1600-1770

Book - 2007
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"Modern city-dwellers suffer their share of unpleasant experiences - traffic jams, noisy neighbours, pollution, food scares - but urban nuisances of the past existed on a different scale entirely, Hubbub shows in vivid detail. Focusing on offences to the eyes, ears, noses, taste buds, and skin of inhabitants of England's pre-Industrial Revolution cities, Hubbub transports us to a world in which residents were scarred by small pox, refuse rotted in the streets, pigs and dogs roamed free, and food hygiene consisted of little more than spit and polish. Through the stories of a large cast of characters from varied walks of life, the book compares what daily life was like in different cities across England from 1600 to 1770." "Using a vast array of sources, from novels to records of urban administration to diaries, Emily Cockayne populates her book with anecdotes from the quirky lives of the famous and the obscure - all of whom confronted urban nuisances and physical ailments. Each chapter addresses an unpleasant aspect of city life (noise, violence, mouldy food, smelly streets, poor air quality), and the volume is enhanced with a rich array of illustrations. Awakening both our senses and our imaginations, Cockayne creates a nuanced portrait of early modern English city life."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: New Haven [Conn.] ; London : Yale University Press, c2007
ISBN: 9780300112146 (alk. paper)
0300112149 (alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 363.70941 COC
Characteristics: xiv, 335 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm


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nellie Mar 28, 2008

Enjoyed this gritty description of England's history. Got bogged down, however, in all the details.


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