English Society in the Eighteenth Century

  • by Roy Porter
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this boldly drawn portrait of 18th-century England, Roy Porter defines a nation from its princes to its paupers, from its metropolis to its smallest hamlet. The topics covered run the gamut, covering diet, housing, prisons, rural festivals, bordellos, plays, paintings, and work and wages. Roy Porter's new edition of his celebrated book of English cultural history was revised in light of changes in the climate of debate that occurred in the seven years after its first publication.


What the Critics Say

"Vivid, witty, and entertaining...easily the best general account of eighteenth-century society that we have." ( New York Review of Books)


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Customer Reviews

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Sprawling - in a good way

Porter tackles a century that saw huge changes in England and manages to strike a beautiful balance between painting a sort of crowd scene of scientists, dandies, yeomen farmers, actresses, dissolute nobels and forward thinking social reformers while giving us enough detail about personalities to make us lean in and really look at the faces in the crowd.
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- Jim

A fine and interesting book

The C18th has always been a bit of a gap in my historical knowledge and this fine book from Roy Porter proved a great way to fill it. Interesting stories, entertainingly told and unobstrusively narrated by Simon Vance. A good effort all round.
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- David

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-05-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.