Interesting and informative, but not as good as Goodman's Tudor book. I'm not sure why, exactly. It may be because this was written first or because I've read more about the Victorian era so less was new.
Goodman mostly sticks to the facts, but she relates some of her personal experience too. Don't worry, they're relevant, since they mostly relate to re-enactments of a sort where she's tried to do things in a Victorian way (wearing the clothes, eating the food, performing work using that era's technology, etc.).
This book took me quite a while to read, but it wasn't because it was boring or anything. Some parts were quite engaging. It's just that it took a back seat to some of my other books due to my participation in the Kill Your Darlings game and keeping up with library books.
It looks like a forgot to post a quote about football tactics before the rules were codified that I found amusing (p 326):
The annual football match between St Peter's and All Saints parishes in Derby was famous for its bewildering array of tactics, which included swimming down the river with the ball, as well as removing the ball's stuffing and hiding it under someone's shirt.
Makes me wonder whether the ball's skin or stuffing would be considered to be the legal ball...
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