Why did the flushing toilet take two centuries to catch on? Why did medieval people sleep sitting up? When were the two "dirty centuries?" Why did gas lighting cause Victorian ladies to faint? Why, for centuries, did rich people fear fruit?In her brilliantly and creatively researched book, Lucy Worsley takes us through the bedroom, bathroom, living room, and kitchen. She covers the history of each room and explores what people actually did in bed, in the bath, at the table, and at the stove-from sauce stirring to breastfeeding, teeth cleaning to masturbation, getting dressed to getting married-providing a compelling account of how the four rooms of the home have evolved from medieval times to today.
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by Lucy Worsley
by Lucy Inglis
by Carol Edgarian
by Maureen Lang
by Robert V. Remini
by Julius Caesar
by Stephen W. Sears
by Jean Froissart
by Barbara W. Tuchman
by A.B.C. Whipple
by Professor Frank Peters
"This history of the house is mainly the history of the British home, though there are references to American and French homes and customs. Anne Flosnik narrates in a smooth British accent, using a slow, even pace as she tells the history of each of the four main rooms of the house--the bedroom, bathroom, living room, and kitchen. Flosnik employs a deeper voice and more forceful tone for the quotations interspersed in the text. The overall effect is an expert reading that makes the intimate details and customs of the home, roughly from the time of the Tudors to the present, both real and a pleasure to listen to. Her intonation and careful pauses allow Worsley's research on the purpose of each room and how usage has changed over time to shine. E.N. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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