PAUPER'S HISTORY OF ENGLAND


PAUPER'S HISTORY OF ENGLAND

PETER STUBLEY    Book Number: 85172    Product format: Hardback

Experience the past and take a look at English history from the gutter in '1000 Years of Peasants, Beggars and Guttersnipes'. The past is traditionally told from the viewpoint of kings and queens, politicians and pioneers, but what about those struggling to survive at the lowest levels of society? Surely they are just as much a part of our heritage? Via the Black Death and the English Civil War, take a tour of Domesday England in 1086, the Franciscan Vow of Poverty, join the Peasant's Revolt of 1381, learn beggars' slang in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, visit the inmates of Bedlam Hospital and Bridewell Prison, encounter Georgian gin-sellers, prostitutes and debtors, talk to poverty-stricken stocking-makers during the Luddite Riots and spend the night in a workhouse. You are invited to go slumming it in Victorian London and in some episodes, this involves taking the role of a visitor to an insane asylum or a journalist investigating a workhouse casual ward. Here are Poor Laws, prison and a pauper class scraping a living by busking, selling flowers and trinkets, sweeping road crossings, and prostitution. Also the plague of rogues and vagabonds who chose idleness as a career and faked illness and disability to beg for alms. See the grim coffin-style beds in the homeless shelters and witness a whipping in front of the governors, and the homeless sleeping out in St James' Park in 1887 in a very graphic image. Dozens of images and woodcut illus, 167pp.
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ISBN 9781783376117
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