How to Be a Victorian
Ruth Goodman is an historian who believes in getting her hands dirty. Drawing on her own firsthand adventures living in recreated Victorian Conditions, Goodman serves as our industrious and ebullient guide to nineteenth-century life. Proceeding from daybreak to bedtime, this intimate journey back in time "imagines the Victorians as intrepid survivors" of the most perennially fascinating era of British history. From waking up to the rapping of a "knocker-upper man" on the window pane and lacing into a corset after a round of calisthenics, to retiring behind closed doors for the ideal combination of "love, consideration, control, and pleasure"- the weird, wonderful and somewhat gruesome intricacies of daily life are vividly rendered. An enchanting manual for the insatiably curious, How to Be a Victorian, A Dawn to Dusk Guide to Victorian Life celebrates the overlooked majority of those who loved, labored, and simply endured through the Victorian Age.
- by Ruth Goodman, presenter of Victorian Farm