The Domestic Revolution by Ruth Goodman

You might have noticed that I published recently a review for How to be a Victorian. Now is time to review another one of her books, The Domestic Revolution by Ruth Goodman*. I loved this book. I was expecting to be a detailed account of food preparation in Britain, which I would have thought to be very interesting. Instead it was an even more interesting presentation on how life changed due to changes at home.

The Domestic Revolution by Ruth Goodman

I study Tudor history and I’ve read quite a lot on city development in that period. What I did not realize, from the books I’ve read, was how important fuel was. Her explanation, with which I fully agree, is that women would have dealt with the fuel for household needs; these women were on the lower strata of society. Regardless of why it is not mentioned more in history books, London was the first city to switch to coal for domestic needs, from wood, a staggering 200 years before any other city. This lead to significant changes to be made in both mining and engineering to produce more. Goodman says that this Domestic Revolution started the Industrial Revolution. It is a fascinating concept.

I don’t want to write too much on this book, just enough to entice my readers to read it. In a nutshell, coal changed what people cooked, how they washed, how they decorated their homes. Its downside meant pollution and more work for women.

Also, the book is lovely written, in Goodman’s beautiful style. She makes reading a few pages on cloths for washing fascinating! It is very similar to her other books, perfect for a non-historian, as it is filled with gripping facts which make you want to keep reading.

The Domestic Revolution by Ruth Goodman

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My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes!!
Published by: Michael O’Mara Books
Year it was published: 2020
Format: Hardcover
Genre(s): History
Pages: 330

About the author: Ruth Goodman is a British freelance historian of the Social and Domestic Life of Britain. She appeared in TV shows like Victorian Farm, Edwardian Farm, and Tudor Monastery Farm. I saw the TV shows and they are great.
Goodman works with museums and theatres too. Due to her involvement in all sort of projects, she can give an accurate account of everyday life.
She published books, besides How To Be a Tudor, How to be a Victorian, and How to behave badly in Renaissance Britain (2018).
Website & Social Media Links: ruthgoodman & Michael O’Mara Books

*I was sent a copy of The Domestic Revolution by Ruth Goodman for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.



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