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Fascinated by the Victorian era for many years now, I gobbled up piece by piece of this book Ruth Goodman makes everything fun and interesting as she herself is not only a historian but reenacts things she has read and research herself from corset wearing, farming and everyday life of, in this case, a Victorian Goodman sets up the book from morning to night from having breakfast to being tucked into bed at night Somethings she spent a lot of time on, which at times could be bad or good depending on the subject at hand, but no doubt of the historical aspect and papers that have survived to this day I do wish some subjects she spent a little bit time on like the leisure then again that maybe a whole book on it s own I adore history because it tends to stay around no matter how those who write it want to change it I was surprised at some of the treatments Victorians went through mostly the poor kids who am surprised made it to adulthood For those who love history or lovers of the Victorian age and want to really see how they lived, I think will really enjoy this book and all it s historical and fun goodness Was fasziniert uns so an den Jahren 1837 bis 1901, den Jahren der Herrschaft von Viktoria I im Vereinigten K nigreich Niemand, der sich f r England und seine Kultur interessiert, kommt an dieser Epoche vorbei Ich pers nlich muss feststellen, dass ich viel mehr ber Gro britannien w hrend dieser Zeit wei als ber Deutschland im gleichen Zeitraum Wie kommt das Vielleicht liegt es daran, dass Gro britannien, das damalige Britische Weltreich, unter Viktoria auf dem H hepunkt seines Einflusses war, untrennbar verbunden mit dem Imperialismus und dem exotischen Flair der Kolonien Vielleicht bietet aber auch die Tatsache Diskussionsstoff, dass der Kontrast zwischen Arm und Reich w hrend der industriellen Revolution deutlicher wurde als je zuvor fantastischer Reichtum und dekadenter Lebensstil der Oberklasse, entsetzliche Arbeitsbedingungen und Hunger am unteren Ende der Gesellschaft Gleichzeitig ist es das Zeitalter der gro en Literaten Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Thomas Hardy, Anthony Trollope, die Bronte Schwestern, das Viktorianische Zeitalter hat uns einige der wunderbarsten Werke der Literatur geschenkt, einer Literatur, die sich nicht auf das Leben der oberen Zehntausend konzentrierte, sondern vielmehr begann, die sozialen Strukturen ihres Landes infrage zu stellen.Geschichte und Geschichtsforschung bedeutet heute nicht mehr nur Besch ftigung mit der Politik eines Landes in einem bestimmten Zeitraum und das Auswendiglernen von Daten Vor allem im popul rwissenschaftlichen Bereich befasst man sich inzwischen viel mehr damit, wie das tats chliche Alltagsleben von Menschen verschiedener gesellschaftlicher Ebenen aussah Erfolgreiche Fernsehformate wie Schwarzwaldhaus 1902 belegen dies Auch die Autorin des vorwiegenden Buchs, Ruth Goodman, war Teilnehmerin mehrerer solcher TV Reihen der BBC, die das Leben beispielsweise auf einem viktorianischen Bauernhof nachstellten.Die Historikerin wurde so zur Expertin f r das Alltagsleben der Menschen in Gro britannien in vergangenen Zeiten In How to be a Victorian schildert sie detailliert, wie ein Tag im Leben der Menschen verschiedener Schichten aussah, und zwar chronologisch, vom Fr hst ck bis zum Zubettgehen Dabei deckt sie alle m glichen Lebensbereiche ab Kleidung, Hygiene, Sport, Mahlzeiten, Arbeit und Schule, Freizeit f r die unteren Schichten freilich kaum vorhanden und Sexualit t Sie r umt dabei mit so manchem Vorurteil auf, etwa dass man bei Menschen aus der Vergangenheit grunds tzlich die Nase ber mangelnde K rperpflege r mpfen m sste Es gab funktionierende Alternativen zum Waschen mit Wasser, wie wir es heute kennen Der L ser st t auf berraschendes, etwa den vergessenen Beruf des Aufweckers, der morgens von Haus zu Haus ging, um seine Kunden rechtzeitig vor Arbeitsbeginn zu wecken einen mechanischen Wecker konnten sich die wenigsten leisten Diesen Beruf gab es bis in das 20 Jahrhundert hinein Ein wenig kurz kommt das Thema Religion der Tag, von dem die Autorin ausgeht, ist nun mal nicht der Sonntag.Viele Lebens und Arbeitsbedingungen lassen uns heute erschaudern 10 Grad Raumtemperatur im Winter, einseitige Ern hrung, Krankheiten, eine schrecklich lange Wochenarbeitszeit, Kinderarbeit Trotzdem gab es Raum f r Dinge wie Sport und Spiel, die Ruth Goodall in ihrem Buch keineswegs vernachl ssigt How to be a Victorian ist ein unterhaltsames und informatives Geschichtsbuch, das allen Spa machen wird, die sich f r das Leben der einfachen Menschen interessieren Rundum gelungen. READ E-PUB ☸ How to Be a Victorian ⚕ Step Into The Skin Of Your AncestorsWe Know What Life Was Like For Victoria And Albert, But What Was It Like For A Commoner How Did It Feel To Cook With Coal And Wash With Tea Leaves Drink Beer For Breakfast And Clean Your Teeth With Cuttlefish Dress In Whalebone And Feed Opium To The Baby Catch The Omnibus To Work And Wash Laundry While Wearing A Corset How To Be A Victorian Is A New Approach To History, A Journey Back In Time Intimate, Personal, And Physical Than Anything Before It Is One Told From The Inside Out How Our Forebears Interacted With The Practicalities Of Their World And It S A History Of Those Things That Make Up The Day To Day Reality Of Life, Matters So Small And Seemingly Mundane That People Scarcely Mention Them In Their Diaries Or Letters Moving Through The Rhythm Of The Day, From Waking Up To The Sound Of A Knocker Upper Man Poking A Stick At Your Window, To Retiring For Nocturnal Activities, When The Door Finally Closes On Twenty Four Hours Of Life, This Astonishing Guide Illuminates The Overlapping Worlds Of Health, Sex, Fashion, Food, School, Work, And PlayIf You Liked The Time Traveller S Guide To Medieval England A Handbook For Visitors To The Fourteenth Century Or Years Of Annoying The French, You Will Love This Book Little Nell Never Brushed Her Teeth, and No One in Barchester Ever Changed Their UnderwearOkay, most likely they did However, Dickens and Trollope did not find it worth their while to record it, for which we may, after all, feel grateful since Little Nell s dental hygiene or excursions on Bishop Proudie s linen would not have carried on the respective plot very much.And yet who has not asked themselves at least once in a while how people in the Victorian era started their day, how they washed themselves, what they wore, what medicine they took, what childcare was like and many other questions pertaining to people s everyday life at that time In her fascinating book How to Be a Victorian Ruth Goodman gives a very detailed account of the minutiae of daily life in the Victorian era She structures her overview of Victorian chores and pleasures by following a typical daily routine, i.e her first chapter covers everything people did when they got up in the morning and her last chapter sees them to bed and also gives an account of Victorians sexual s Goodman is very well aware of the differences between social classes and of changes from the early Victorian period to the latter days of that era, and she is not only content with listing and commenting on daily routines but she also paints a picture of the important issues of the time like, for instance, child labour, the problem of hunger, schooling, or the dangers of medical treatment Even George Costanza would like that book as it has a little sub chapter on toilet paper as well.So for example we learn that Victorians usually slept with their windows open for fear of suffocation, that they still believed in the miasma theory although by and by scientific progress opened their eyes to the nature of infections, that early condoms were made from sheep guts, that milk was usually adulterated with water and dyed with chalk in big cities, and many other things Goodman knows what she is talking about since she has not only studied various sources but also actually tried Victorian dress, Victorian make up and Victorian work and can tell us a lot about her personal experience with these things Her style is generally extremely sober and inornate because she seems to know that the facts she presents are interesting in themselves.The only major aspect I found missing in her book is religion but then there is a plethora of information on what is usually taken for granted by Victorian writers and what, consequently, they never bother to explain Therefore, I think this book indispensable to all those who love reading Dickens, Trollope, George Eliot, the Bront s and all the other great writers of the Victorian era because it will provide them with a deeper understanding of the texture of that time It also helps against starry eyed romanticism la Things used to be much better in ye olden days in that it shows the hardships people had to face and the little free time they usually had What I found most appalling was that malnutrition and hunger were an everyday issue to many people even in the midst of the 19th century, and not only in connection with the Irish Potato Famine, which is probably a household topic to anyone remotely familiar with the 19th century Another gross fact I did not know about were the Contagious Diseases Acts of 1864, 1866 and 1869, which allowed the forcible examination of any woman believed to be a prostitute.So, Ms Goodman, in case you might be reading this Chapeau and thank you very much for this wonderful book I learned something very important when I read this bookI don t want to be a Victorian To provide background for the book, the author lived a year following the Victorian way of life, so she knows of what she writes and she does it with great detail and humor She only touches briefly on the upper class life style and concentrates on the middle and lower classes of Britain These families didn t have the means to employ servants, so the rigors of the day to day maintenance of the home was solely the responsibility of the wife and daughters.The book begins with rising in the morning and follows the routine of the day in which the wife s duties could take up to 14 hours, especially on Mondays which was laundry day additionally, there were always several children to care for To say it was a tough life is putting it mildly The author covers everything from emptying slop jars, cooking on rudimentary stoves, sewing and repairing clothes to house cleaning To make things even difficult was the type of clothing that all classes wore There were at least 4 layers of underclothing including the infamous corset before outer clothing was donned Imagine scrubbing the floors clad in that manner She also concentrates on the types of food that were prepared, personal hygiene, and medicines used to treat the multitude of illnesses that were prevalent during the Victorian age.An interesting and informative guide to a time when life was harder than the modern reader can imagine Well done. I grew up in a late Victorian terraced house This house had wooden sash windows, tiled porch and kitchen floors, a slate roof with terracotta finials and two chimneys with terracotta pots that lead down to six fireplaces That house when I was a very young boy also had a coal bunker, an outside toilet, a wrought iron front gate no railings as they d been cut and taken away during WWII , a small front garden with fuscias all edged with dark glazed earthenware edgers We found bottles with marbles early way to seal drinks and other glass in blue, green and brown as well as Victorian blue and white china in the garden The hot water was supplied by a coal fired boiler in the kitchen and a Park ray coal fire in the lounge sitting room The back garden led to a small footpath dividing one set of terraced houses to the next That cindered footpath lead to an alleyway that divided other houses, where at both ends stood corner shops that behind them had stores and old buildings that would have kept animals, grain and the like in years gone by These roads were in a Victorian town with Victorian churches and graves and memorials, parks and flower beds and houses terrace after terrace and also many grand detached small estate homes many already gone and many following to make way for modern semi detached estates in their place and vacant old stonemasons, factories, potteries and brickyards alongside farms and meadows Populating these houses, especially the terraces, were men and women my neighbours who were late Victorian and Edwardian boys and girls, some had been young soldiers of WWI Although my parents installed over the years double glazing, central heating, knocked the front room parlour into one room with the dining room and converted the outside toilet into part of the kitchen, I felt and still feel connected to Victorian Britain through all of this I lived in their houses, walked their streets, played on or in their old workplaces, saw their graves and tombs, and saw how they shaped some of their and my world.Ruth Goodman s excellent book puts huge detail and meaning in what it meant to be and live as a Victorian From early morning ablutions to fashion to feeding babies and wearing clothes to menstruation and adulterated food prostitution and medicines and much much.In the house I lived the outside toilet is a modern novelty or horror but it was a mains water fed luxury away from communal toilets or earthen pits for the folk who moved in to them in the 1890s The coal boiler was a pain to light each day but we had a gas oven, electricity, a twin tub washer and fridge the Victorians in Ruth Goodman s book do not and so heating, lighting, cooking, washing and storing food was hard work and a constant struggle with dirt, dust, damp and darkness making life harder Finding money to fill the larder and coal bunker or rather get a few lumps of coal was a constant struggle.I was born in a hospital with access to national health service GPs doctors and chemists and education with school milk and dinners The Victorians, unless one was middle upper class did not have these and even if they did knowledge of diseases and illnesses and their treatment was far from the understanding we have today Luckily for me too our coal ash went to make the alleyway a bit less bumpy with fewer puddles not like the Victorians who used the ash for medical remedies or adulterated food brick dust in cocoa anyone.My town was in Southern England and surrounded by hills and farms Yet in Ruth Goodman s book I discover my southern ancestors ate less well and earnt fewer pounds, shillings and pence mostly pence than a miner Miners for all the danger and hard worked earned better wages and so could afford better food although still a struggle and not Michelin starred food by any means either Bread was the staple of the south poor nutritional value white floured bread whereas mining communities ate potatoes so gained carbs and nutrients.Child labour a terrible stain on the Victorian era until one recognises the struggle for food, money and heat Industrialisation killed the wages of cottagers across traditional industries meaning children needed to work to help and in turn people moved to towns to get better wages and regular or even some employment that in turn saw the machine age crave increased hours and people to feed production that the world s largest empire required including children, women and men living near and working in or around the factories.The book is a great read and bolstered by Ruth Goodman s own experience as one of Britain s most knowledgeable and experienced experts in this area She has lived and worked on Victorian farms for months, or sewn and worn their clothes including working in the fields, and has baked and washed in kitchens and sculleries for example you can watch Vicorian Farm on YouTube If I d read it in my parents old house I d easily have felt I could see and hear the mothers, fathers and children as they dressed for work, ate, cooked, washed their clothes and argued, prayed and slept It is this combination of excellent story telling, riveting subject matter with personal research and strong source material and first person accounts that makes this book so good. A mostly fascinating read of all the big and little activities of daily life in Victorian times, arranged from pre dawn to bed time, as experienced by all classes and both sexes From getting out of bed and morning ablutions, to making and wearing clothes and cosmetics, to doing the laundry, to buying, cooking and serving food, and drugging your babies and children so they don t require as much attention the Victorian version of iPad baby sitting Even school, sport leisure and sex is covered The author s research is excellent, explaining not just what they did but why She also reports on her own experience of putting Victorian practice into use, e.g wearing corsets while doing housework.It is a long read and can be very detailed at times, though if you start to lose interest, I recommend you skim past to get to the next juicy topic that takes your fancy. Every bit as good as her guide to the Tudor age And a refresher course on why not all regulations are bad Some prevent things like six year olds being hired as coal miners, or opium being sold as a gentle herbal supplement for babies, to provide Victorian examples. Ruth Goodman is an expert I could even call her a Victorian lady through and through She is a historian who does than just write about the period, she actually lived the life of a Victorian woman doing hundreds of menial jobs that we are 9fortunately spared today While listening to this invaluable book on all aspects of everyday life under the reign of Queen Victoria, I was overwhelmed by all the details the Authoress covers, the details that are mostly omitted in historical fiction, and often rightly so, as would you like to be informed by the heroine about the laundry details, personal hygiene or her sewing abilities Naturally, the chores and are often described in novels, but not in such detail Thanks to Ms Goodman s informative guide, while reading fiction covering the period, I ll look differently at the attire, meals, education or entertainment, and all the effort the average Victorians had to put in their daily lives. This book was fascinating Ruth Goodman set out to explain what life was like for the Victorians, starting from when they got up in the morning until they went to bed at night There are chapters on getting dressed, using the privy, personal grooming, exercise, meals, school, work, and even sex I m a nut for British lit, so I was thrilled when I first heard about this book Goodman has some credibility in this field because she spent months living in re created Victorian conditions on a farm Her experience and anecdotes livened up the book, which could get a little dry at times.I will warn readers that this book is dense with historical details, and it took me a while to get through it I learned a lot and thought it was interesting, but it was a slow read.Here are a just few of the things I learned That Victorians could hire a knocker upper, which was a man with a pocketwatch who carried a long cane so he could tap on the windowpanes of his clients, which allowed workers to wake up on time and be punctual.That women who wore cosmetics were considered to be unhealthy and unmodern, because Florence Nightingale had talked of how blocking pores would cause a long, slow poisoning through the skin Also, wearing makeup made women feel deceitful, and others would say they lacked honesty.That Victorians often ate a fried breakfast because it was the easiest way to cook early in the morning A typical range would take a while to heat up, so any heavy baking had to wait until the afternoon, when the oven would be hot enough.That drug abuse was widespread among Victorian babies Their daily food was often accompanied by a dose of medicine, and these soothing syrups often left infants drowsy and addicted.This book also reminded me about all of the things we take for granted today For example, because cloth was expensive, even having the means to make a rug out of rags was a luxury Victorian homes were much colder, so having a rug on the floor would have been a small comfort.I think what I liked best about the book was how the information gave me context in understanding other things I ve read and watched about that period The details of why women wore what they wore, why they ate what they ate, and just why they acted in such a way If I were a historian or writing something about the Victorian age, I would keep this book handy as a reference because it gave such a good overview of daily life.Favorite Quotes Exercise for girls was a much worrying subject A girl s developing body was thought to be easily upset and at risk of permanent damage if involved in even the lightest of energetic pursuits It was feared she could be left unable to fulfill her primary function in life the bearing of children This was a long standing, traditional belief fueled by the Ancient Greek theory that the womb was mobile within the torso Despite nineteenth century anatomical studies, which definitively informed the early Victorian doctor that the womb was, in fact, firmly anchored by a series of ligaments, medical opinion was still concerned about undue movement Most parents firmly believed that allowing their daughters to jump out of trees or to cartwheel in the street was unforgivable and irresponsible parenting they would be failing to secure their daughter s long term health Parents were also required to be vigilant about a girl s reading material Sensationalist or romantic literature, such as Emily Bronte s Wuthering Heights, was likely to cause emotional turmoil and overstimulation of sexual feelings Even the novels of Jane Austen worried some parents Girls who read novels were widely believed to reach physical maturity quickly than their less adventurous reading sisters An early or rapid passage through puberty was thought to be detrimental to one s health and a strain on one s morals After explaining the arduous process for washing clothes and linens My own historical laundry experiences have led me to see the powered washing machine as one of the great bulwarks of women s liberation, an invention that can sit alongside contraception and the vote in the direct impact it has had on changing women s lives on Victorian schools Punctuality and obedience were highly desired and valued traits, partly because the ability to follow instructions accurately and the self control to handle boredom and repetitive exercises were thought to produce good factory workers If many schools felt like a factory, especially towards the end of the century, it was deliberate School was meant to be a training ground for life a rigid hierarchy with strict rules and regulations Instant submission to those in authority was required of everyone, from maidservant to office worker The direct and physical lessons that corporal punishment in schools taught those who strayed even an iota from the rules was thought to be valuable preparation for the real world Sewing was almost like breathing one of the most ubiquitous and necessary of skills It was taught at all levels of society at home, by family members and governesses and at schools and colleges, by professors and tutors An aristocratic girl may not have needed to sew her own underwear, but she was often proficient She would also have been required to be adept at some of the decorative and sophisticated branches of needlework To be unable to sew was unthinkable comparable to being unable to use a phone in the twenty first century This opportunity to be useful, and the intense personal one to one tuition and time spent with a mother or sister, could be a source of enormous pleasure for many young girls Sewing was not an enforced or oppressive regime but often quite the opposite a quiet and intimate break in an otherwise busy day when a mother could bestow all her attention upon her daughter and the two of them could tell stories and talk as they worked Cookery books filled an important role not only in reminding a young woman of all that she had ever been taught and expanding her repertoire of recipes but also in giving her reassurance that she was not entirely alone a cookery writer was always there to help One of the reasons Mrs Beeton s recipe collection proved so popular over so many years may well have been her willingness to provide richly detailed instructions about the very simplest of recipes.