Victorian London: The Life of a City by Liza Picard pp, Weidenfeld , £ It’s fitting that Liza Picard should begin her survey of. Victorian London has ratings and 65 reviews. Jill said: This book covers the mid-years of Queen Victoria’s reign and they were years of dramatic ch. Victorian London, by Liza Picard. Double-standard city. Michael Leapman; Friday 30 September 0 comments.

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Martin’s Griffin; Reprint edition February 20, Language: The Thames was contained by embankments, and traffic congestion was eased by the first underground railway in the world.

The book does a fine job of painting a vivid picture in the readers mind: Refresh and try again. They were all monuments of londln Victorian way of life” For readers who enjoy their history told with a sense of gusto, verve, and a keen eye for detail, Liza Picard brings Victorian London to fruitful life. Victorian London by Liza Picard. There was an eact replica of the Court of Lions in the Alhambra Court, and an authentic copy of an elaborate Moorish stalactite-honeycomb roof, in separate pieces of gelatine.

Two of the colossal figures at Abu Simbel were reproduced in painted plaster, 51 feet high, towering into the vaulted transept roof.

Why does this book focus on the period ? There are many other topics but you get the idea.

Everyday Life in Elizabethan London. Palmer Limited preview – This is a comprehensive history by anecdote, so the enlightening facts come thick and fast But Picard sheds light into some quite obscure corners. The Dumpling Sisters Cookbook: My library Help Advanced Book Search. Certainly a time period full of social rule and survival.


This is the fourth book the author has written on the history of London. My only complaint was that there wasn’t more. Picard performs the function of master of ceremonies, ushering you from person to person, giving you a few words of explanation where needed, and adding in her own jokes.

The Greek court was peopled with white plaster casts of ancient statues, the damage time had inflicted on the originals made good in Sydenham. It took him six years. A tale, according to the dictionary, is “a fictitious or true narrative [ See 1 question about Victorian London…. In the Great Exhibition managed to astonish almost everyone, attracting exhibitors and visitors from all over the world.

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Is it true, he asks, that the “suburb was a highly efficient means both of functional and social segregation” as Donald Olsen, a specialist in town-planning as well as Victorian London, claims? Download Image Download Image.

The awkwardness of getting this through Temple Bar and then transferring the coffin to the waiting bier at St Paul’s provides some light relief, but, as so often with Picard, the emotive detail comes in at the end:.

This is a wonderful, detailed and humorous look at life in London in the earlier picafd of Queen Victoria’s reign.


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She read law at the London School of Economics and qualified as a barrister, but did not practise. The rich were separated by class and by ethics.

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The author was thrown off my pictures of servant girls in fancy dresses. A reader doesn’t expect or want a scholarly tome.

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Ms Picard also likes detail. Charlotte the most and the least romantic time period all at once! Like her previous books, this book is the product of the author’s passionate interest in the realities of everyday life – and the conditions in which most people lived – so often left out of history books.

Quotes from Victorian London The author is absolutely uncritical about the sources she likes and sarcastically turns down the ones she doesn’t.

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