British Aristocrats in the American West 1830–1890
From the 1830s onwards, a succession of British aristocrats headed for the American West, taking with them their valets, their dogs – and their prejudices. This sparkling account describes the newcomers' experiences as they crossed the country to meet Native Americans, hunt buffalo and build cattle empires. Packed with lively incident and colourful personalities, it also charts their reception by Americans often less than pleased at the return of their former colonial overlords.
The Golden Thread
How Fabric Changed History
From the fibres our ancient ancestors wove from plants to the invention of the synthetic material that enabled humans to venture into space, fabric has played many roles throughout history, far beyond offering warmth and protection, demarcating status and providing an outlet for self-expression. This collection of essays considers topics such as the linen used by the ancient Egyptians to wrap their dead, the craft that inspired Vermeer to paint The Lacemaker and recent innovations in sports textiles.
Great British Parks
Public parks, created in the rapidly growing towns and cities of the 19th century, are a precious legacy of open spaces, bandstands, boating lakes and meeting places, yet neglect left them in decline by the 1980s and 1990s. Visiting over 50 parks today, this book celebrates 20 years of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Green Flag Award and the contributions of park staff and volunteers whose efforts to protect, maintain and improve public parks have revitalized these invaluable civic amenities. Slightly off-mint.
An Edwardian Housewife's Companion
A Guide for the Perfect Home
Written from a first person perspective and drawing on contemporary advertisements and photographs, this light-hearted study of the lifestyle of affluent Edwardian women offers insights into their complicated garments, their questionable, even dangerous, health and beauty regimes and their household management, shopping and entertainment habits.
When in Rome
Social Life in Ancient Rome
With hundreds of excerpts from contemporary sources, this survey of Roman social history features the words of elite male authors alongside evidence from correspondence, inscriptions, graffiti and curse tablets that record the voices of women, and those from lower classes. Organized thematically, the book covers topics including family life, food and medicine, but also deals with issues less often addressed in modern accounts of ancient Rome, such as domestic abuse, disability and female genital mutilation.