Hubbub: Filth, Noise, and Stench in England, 1600-1770 (2020)

Hubbub: Filth, Noise, and Stench in England, 1600-1770 Emily Cockayne Hubbub Filth Noise and Stench in England Modern city dwellers suffer their share of unpleasant experiences traffic jams noisy neighbors pollution food scares but urban nuisances of the past existed on a different scale entirely this book
  • Title: Hubbub: Filth, Noise, and Stench in England, 1600-1770
  • Author: Emily Cockayne
  • ISBN: 9780300112146
  • Page: 179
  • Format: Hardcover
Hubbub: Filth, Noise, and Stench in England, 1600-1770 Emily Cockayne Modern city dwellers suffer their share of unpleasant experiences traffic jams, noisy neighbors, pollution, food scares but urban nuisances of the past existed on a different scale entirely, this book explains in vivid detail Focusing on offenses to the eyes, ears, noses, taste buds, and skin of inhabitants of England s pre Industrial Revolution cities, Hubbub transportsModern city dwellers suffer their share of unpleasant experiences traffic jams, noisy neighbors, pollution, food scares but urban nuisances of the past existed on a different scale entirely, this book explains in vivid detail Focusing on offenses to the eyes, ears, noses, taste buds, and skin of inhabitants of England s pre Industrial Revolution cities, Hubbub transports us to a world in which residents were scarred by smallpox, refuse rotted in the streets, pigs and dogs roamed free, and food hygiene consisted of little than spit and polish Through the stories of a large cast of characters from varied walks of life, the book compares what daily life was like in different cities across England from 1600 to 1770.Using a vast array of sources, from novels to records of urban administration to diaries, Emily Cockayne populates her book with anecdotes from the quirky lives of the famous and the obscure all of whom confronted urban nuisances and physical ailments Each chapter addresses an unpleasant aspect of city life noise, violence, moldy food, smelly streets, poor air quality , and the volume is enhanced with a rich array of illustrations Awakening both our senses and our imaginations, Cockayne creates a nuanced portrait of early modern English city life, unparalleled in breadth and unforgettable in detail.
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  1. Indiana

    Loved it OMG talk about time travelingI don t know about you but I always do these lets pretend imaginings in my mind where I imagine myself back in a certain time period Some times its influenced by what I m reading Other times its just pure day dreaming But as I ve gotten older I ve gotten a lot realistic about all the things most books describing historical time periods leave out So I don t have any romantic notions about what time travel would involve And I knew I d be holding my nose in ce [...]

  2. Lisa

    Well worth the feeling of nausea that hit me on two occasions while reading If you do not have a very strong stomach, have just finished a meal, or if you want to keep your appetite, steer clear of the chapters called Mouldy and Dirty The former speaks of food storage and of the tricks used to make the food look good no matter what was wrong with it The latter speaks of all the wonderful waste disposal methods they used back in the 1600 s and 1700 s.Hogarth is most prominent in the pages of this [...]

  3. Elaine

    Not one for the weak of stomach, this is a fascinating examination of the experience of urban living in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries It looks at the ways in which the inhabitants of some of England s key cities dealt with issues around personal hygiene, urban health and what were the daily dangers and trials of city life in that era The style of the writing is sometimes rather stilted and the tone sounds like an extended academic essay but the book is stuffed with images and is a rea [...]

  4. Margaret Sankey

    The completely sordid truth about early modern filth, including the incredibly high standards for being genuinely ugly Blood Lane was called that because it was indeed a slaughterhouse location, people stank, there was almost no privacy and you were surrounded by rotting dead things pretty much all the time Give this to anyone who romanticizes Regency England.

  5. Marty Monahan

    So glad to be alive today instead of the time Cocayne describes Read this to see how far things have improved.

  6. Ava Strange

    When we take a look at history, we tend to look at the big stuff Royalty, war, and the great inventions of the day What ordinary people really lived every day is ordinarily seen as just too boring to take notice of But history is about than big events, it s about raw, un romanticized reality I remember being distinctly annoyed in university when this wasn t covered It was the endless string of dates on the projector, devoid of life, that really bored me And the professor didn t seem the least b [...]

  7. Sylvester

    The research this book must have demanded I imagine Emily in dusty back rooms of almost forgotten archives, lost in the 1700 s, coming out in the evening and getting full on 21st Century culture shock.I loved the chapter titles The City in a HubbubUglyItchyMouldyNoisyGrottyBusyDirtyGloomy Such things as thesedisturb human life This is an essential read for Time Travelers The message is avoid the 1700 s in England if you have anything less than a cast iron stomach and anything than the minutest [...]

  8. Heather

    A lot of pretty interesting historical facts here about the reality of living in an English city in the 17th and 18th centuries The movies make it look like it was all glamorous dancing and beautiful people, but Cockayne paints a bigger picture of the excrement, raucousness, indoor gloom and roving pigs that London and other cities would have had back then.I didn t quite finish it because it got monotonous in the last few chapters there were only so many random tidbits that my brain could take S [...]

  9. Peter

    This is an intriguing example of how you can take pretty much any social reality and turn the same into a prism by which we understand how people lived The British Scholar Emily Cockayne studies the impact of urban living by products by products of humans living in close proximity and turns the noise, muck, mire and smells into a vivid portrayal of England in the 17th century it is based on diaries, public notices, court records and other minutia of daily life and Cockayne turns the dross into h [...]

  10. Leslie

    A good book on an interesting and understudied topic With chapter entitled Ugly, Itchy, Mouldy, Noisy, Grotty, Busy, Dirty, and Gloomy, you know you re in for some fun stuff Her chapter intros and conclusions are surprisingly mechanical seriously, how did her editors not tell her to revise these , but the contents are lively and full of anecdotal detail.

  11. Rita

    I got an understanding of how the Thames got so polluted, for one thing Amazing to realize how people dissociate themselves as the ones responsible for stink and pollution, for example from slaughterhouses and tanneries, yet are the reason for their existence And this idiocracy continues to this day, in a so called enlightened age.

  12. Mindy

    This was another book for research I didn t really find what I was looking for for my paper But it was extremely interesting and I ended up reading it cover to cover in a short time.

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