The Penguin Social History of Britain
English Society in the Eighteenth Century
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A portrait of 18th century England, from its princes to its paupers, from its metropolis to its smallest hamlet. The topics covered include - diet, housing, prisons, rural festivals, bordellos, plays, paintings, and work and wages.
England in the 18th Century
I read this book as a way to gain some understanding of my ancestors lives. Porter's book is wonderfully easy to read. His description of life for all levels of society is really good, giving details and comparison in his examples of the various strata of society. Whether you are a historian or just interested in the subject this is a source that will be useful.