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The Domestic Revolution (English Edition) Versión Kindle
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Praise for Ruth Goodman:
'Most historians simply research the past; she lives it' Gerard DeGroot
'Always entertaining' Observer
'The most delightfully eccentric author I've ever encountered.' The Times
'If the past is a foreign country because they do thing differently there, we're lucky to have such a knowledgeable cicerone as Ruth Goodman.' Wall Street Journal
Praise for How to Behave Badly in Renaissance Britain by Ruth Goodman:
'Impeccable . . . [Goodman's] research is as comprehensive as the advice she metes out to those wishing to emulate the bad behaviour of their ancestors.' Tracy Borman, BBC History Magazine
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- ASIN : B082DDSQ8W
- Editorial : Michael O'Mara (16 abril 2020)
- Idioma : Inglés
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- Longitud de impresión : 330 páginas
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As with our European neighbours so we were using the same sorts of materials for fires as elsewhere, with local variations, such as peat, but even so most used wood. But as the population of London started to grow and the cost of bringing wood into the area rose, there was an alternative. This was what is called sea coal, and being brought by ship from Newcastle down to London so slowly but surely Londoners altered their habits, after all this was not only cheaper but large amounts of it could be moved easily by ship, rather than in smaller amounts such as wood, by road.
Such a change did not happen overnight and reading this we can see the benefits and also problems with using coal instead of for instance wood. As we all know our author has done a lot of experimenting over the years, and indeed we have seen her in action on numerous TV productions. Revealing the changes that came about due to the change of a city and its fuel source so we see how what people cooked altered somewhat, with our traditional roast now actually baked in an oven, and the rise in puddings, and indeed who does not like a Spotted Dick or Jam Roly-Poly?
With a lot of information all clearly set out, and with illustrations plus quotes from various sources there is a lot to take in here, but all quite clearly and easily set out. This book does make you ponder upon such things as the Industrial Revolution, and whether it could have happened without us normal people using coal, and all the changes that came about due to that, such as cast iron, without which steam engines would never have been built. Without the need of a number of vessels to carry coal down the coast, would we have ended up with so many people learning to be sailors, which of course came in handy during wartime, and in the colonisation of other lands. As the author points out it was normal people who brought about the charge in turning to coal, and it could just as easily be us who bring about the change and development needed to go to cleaner and greener energies. With an index, bibliography etc, so there is scope to find other books on subjects brought up in this book if you want to find out more.
For thousands of years humans have burned wood, peat, or variations thereof in the home – cooking and keeping warm. This practice shaped the landscape – wood was used everywhere – fuel, building, weapons, war, ships, homes etc. Land was managed, farmed, coppiced and the industries around this were important. Many folks did not travel far, and so utilised what was around them. Certain foods and ways of cooking do not manage on wood or peat, and others do not manage well on coal.
Ms Goodman describes cooking on wood, peat, dung and charcoal, how it was sourced and the foods which worked best. Cleaning was done, largely with wood ash, lime and various other intriguing ways. Ash doesn’t work on coal dirt and so hot water became the norm, and new vessels for boiling, new detergents and new roles.
Then came coal – which burns differently from wood, cooks differently, is used in industry differently, heats differently. People, pots, manufacturing, transport, food, housing, cleaning and pretty much every aspect you can think of changed with it, or as a result. Coal creates smoke which leaves smuts, dirt and dust. It produces pollution and is much harder to clean off. All those coal fires – say goodbye to your family tapestry, and your old cleaning habits. Bring on different smelting, transport, industry, soap-making, production and recipes.
The domestic hearth was, for much of history, the female domain, and although the records from women are scarce, from the 19th Century the records do bring to life the challenges, solutions and habits of women, from highborn ladies, to the lower classes. Status was important, and coal and soap brought with them status.
The book is a little slow to start, but the author knows her stuff and the book brings an interesting view on the lives of our ancestors, and how change, once it starts can be inexorable.
A good book for writers, and readers of history/historical fiction/fantasy as a reference to living with wood fires and coal, foods, cleaning and the role of women in these times (who became more tied to the home as things changed).
16th century London was where coal burning first became normal and domestic hearths switched from wood-burning to coal. This then changed an enormous range of other things.
Read it. It has fantastic and fascinating detail and I'm sure she's right on how it happened.