Victorian novels or Victorian history books go hand-in-hand with Christmas. I think it’s fitting that today’s literary advent calendar is a Victorian-themed book recommendation, A Portrait of Domestic Life in Victorian England: Inside the Victorian Home by Judith Flanders.
If you want to read a book that matches the festive season, then I recommend anything Victorian, but definitely Inside the Victorian Home because you can learn how the Victorians lived and used their homes; even how they celebrated Christmas.
Do you have any Victorian-themed books you’d like to recommend?
Nineteenth-century Britain was then the world’s most prosperous nation, yet Victorians would bury meat in earth and wring sheets out in boiling water with their bare hands. Such drudgery was routine for the parents of people still living, but the knowledge of it has passed as if it had never been. Following the daily life of a middle-class Victorian house from room to room; from childbirth in the master bedroom through the kitchen, scullery, dining room, and parlor, all the way to the sickroom; Judith Flanders draws on diaries, advice books, and other sources to resurrect an age so close in time yet so alien to our own. 100 illustrations, 32 pages of color.