How to Be a Victorian by Ruth Goodman

How to Be a Victorian by Ruth Goodman, isn’t that the title of a fascinating book? I think it is. I’ve read How To Be a Tudor by her two years ago and it was great. Her book offers a different view into the everyday life of a Victorian, from poor working class to middle class. I like that she mentions how life differs for them, it gives a wholesome view of the period. If you want to have a look at the review for the book on the Tudor life, the link is at the end of this post.

How to Be a Victorian by Ruth Goodman

The first thing that comes to my mind after reading this book is: how do people survived the period?! Everything could kill them, including medicine.

She starts the book in the morning, talking about the washing up routine, what they had for breakfast, how they dressed. As a social historian, she wore and worked as a Victorian for months and, luckily for us, she talks freely about her own experience with this sort of things. All aspects of life are mentioned in the book, including leisure time and what and how children learned in school. There are several quotes from primary sources, Victorians who wrote on their experiences, which makes the book even more interesting.

Don’t miss this book if you want to read fun facts like what a “knocker-upper” or a “dipping woman” would do.

How to Be a Victorian by Ruth Goodman

Details about the picture: the toy is Victorian
My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Penguin
Year it was published: 2014 (first published in 2013)
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): History
Pages: 458

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, she also wrote How to be a Victorian, and How to behave badly in Renaissance Britain (2018).
Website & Social Media Links: ruthgoodman

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