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Amanda Vickery is Professor of Early Modern History, Queen Mary, University of London, and the author of the Gentleman's Daughter: Women's Lives in Georgian England (Yale University Press, 1998; Winner of the Whitfield prize, the Wolfson prize and the Longman-History Today prize) and the editor of vis mere Women, Privilege and Power: British Politics, 1750 to the Present (Stanford University Press, 2001). vis mindre

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Preston, Lancashire, England, UK
Professor of Early Modern History
Styles, John (husband)
University of London, Queen Mary College
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Amanda Vickery is the prize-winning author of The Gentleman's Daughter (Yale University Press, 1998) and Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England (Yale University Press, 2009), now a 3 part TV series for BBC2 called 'At Home with the Georgians'.

She is Professor of Early Modern History at Queen Mary, University of London.

Amanda reviews for The Times Literary Supplement, The London Review of Books, The Guardian and BBC Radio 4's Saturday Review, Front Row and Woman's Hour. Her thirty part History of Private Life for BBC Radio 4 is now available on CD. [from Amazon.com, 6/5/2013]



An Englishman's home, as the saying goes, may be his castle, but three hundred years ago it was becoming so much more. In the 18th century, the English home served as a place in which its inhabitants sought to define themselves through the use of décor. As more people socialized in their homes, their living spaces became venues in which their identity could be displayed for others to see for themselves. The emergence and development of this trend is the subject of Amanda Vickery's book, which analyzes the lives of the men and women of Georgian England by examining the homes in which they lived.

In studying Georgian homes, Vickery uses a number of different perspectives. Among her goals is the reintroduction of men into the picture, which she does most notably in her chapter on the homes of bachelors. Yet as she demonstrates, the furnishing and decoration of homes was predominantly a female concern, albeit one often handled in consultation with the men of the household. Such decisions were often mundane, and focused more on simple maintenance rather than grand refurbishment, but all of them reflected the interests of the participants and were shaped by the concept of "taste" that emerged during this period, which charted a path that increasing numbers were compelled to take.

Detailed, insightful, and well-written, Vickery's book offers a fascinating examination of life in Georgian England. Because of the limitations of her sources, it is by necessity an examination focused primarily on the upper classes, yet she succeeds in taking account books, ledgers, and other mundane sources to reconstruct their lives, showing the growing importance of home life and the weight contemporaries placed on defining their domestic environment. Her success in unearthing these details and bringing the Georgian world back to life makes this book a necessary read for anyone interested in 18th century England, one that will likely serve as an indispensable study of the subject for decades to come.
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MacDad | 4 andre anmeldelser | Mar 27, 2020 |
It's about living in Georgian England and what the household politics would probably have been like. The life and times of people from a few sources, the accounts books (apparently women did the household accounts and the men did the estate books); diaries; merchant accounts and letters mostly. It was interesting to see where the roots of the tradition of a parlour in Ireland was, and this was where I had problems with the book. The period traditions were treated as alien things, not things that have echoed down the ages and some of the commentary about furniture failed to see how and why someone might want to, in a house that is largely their husband's, a space of their own, even if it was only a desk. And where someone might decide to, when faced with someone who didn't respect their space (which would probably have been often in a world where women were regarded as ornaments rather than people) they would have procured things for themselves that would have been seen by the men as wrong to use, whether that was style or size. A desk suited to a small woman would have been difficult for a large man to use. I didn't see the author see subversion in these things, or see the widow buy many tea pots because her husband belittle her "tea habit". Humankind hasn't changed much, just the decorations.

The author also attests that yellow isn't seen in heraldry and therefore isn't caught up in symbolism. Yellow and gold were inter-changable in heralry (for the most part, it's a little more complicated than that but it is largely thus) and were given a lot of the same attributes and two minutes with a reasonable heraldry book would give you this information, hell two minutes with the Heradry Society website and their introduction to Heraldry PDF https://www.theheraldrysociety.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Heraldry-For-Begin... (page 10) would tell you what you need to know about yellow/gold (sweet they have rules for same-sex marriage crests...https://www.college-of-arms.gov.uk/resources/same-sex-marriages, their wages (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/College_of_Arms#Wages) are a joke and actually if you examine them are the same as they were in 1831 only translated from £Sd to Decimal, I'd much rather be a herald in Ireland than the UK); yes I know too much about the topic.

Honestly this is the only way to really test a book, to test what you know against it and then see where there are flaws and then determine if you trust the rest, I don't know any better.

It's not a bad read, a little dry in places but interesting to show how people of a different time lived.
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wyvernfriend | 4 andre anmeldelser | Jul 24, 2018 |
I can't claim to love this social history of Georgian England, as I found it a bit dry and very academic in its style and approach. However, I did appreciate the anecdotes used throughout the book to illustrate how a sometimes abstract social perception actually played out in people's lives. I do think the author could have discussed the differences between the social classes in this era more, which would provide a more complete picture of society.
wagner.sarah35 | 4 andre anmeldelser | Jul 29, 2017 |
A very dry book about what it meant to be a British lady in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It's a very broad subject, but for some reason Vickery only uses two women's journals and a handful of newspaper comics as her evidence. Eventually, I gave up.
wealhtheowwylfing | 5 andre anmeldelser | Feb 29, 2016 |



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