Elegant Etiquette in the Nineteenth Century (Paperback)
Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to live in the nineteenth century? How would you have got a partner in a ballroom? What would you have done with a letter of introduction? And where would you have sat in a carriage?
Covering all these nineteenth-century dilemmas and more, this book is your must-have guide to the etiquette of our well-heeled forebears. As it takes you through the intricacies of rank, the niceties of the street, the good conduct that was desired in the ballroom and the awkward blunders that a lady or gentleman would of course have wanted to avoid, you will discover an abundance of etiquette advice from across the century. Elegant Etiquette is a lively, occasionally tongue-in-cheek and thoroughly detailed history of nineteenth century manners and conduct.
Drawing upon research into contemporary advice and guidance, Elegant Etiquette is both fun and compelling reading for anyone with an interest in this period. In exploring the expectations of behaviour and etiquette, it seeks to bring the world of the nineteenth century back to life.
This enjoyable book is packed full of revealing facts and unexpected information. Despite its relatively low page count, it is a comprehensive volume that leaves few -if any - stones unturned when it comes to social occasions. Perhaps aware of the occasionally obscure customs that she is dealing with, James ensues that each chapter goes into the social mores of the matter in question, explaining important topics ranging from precedence and rank to marriage and employing households servants, among others.All About History, April 2018
All of this adds up to a very entertaining read and one that casual researchers and those looking for a quick guide to etiquette will find invaluable. Authors of 19th-century fiction in particular will certainly find it a useful addition to their bookshelves!
For fans of fun facts this book is definitely recommended. And sometimes the book made me long for the time where we also did some more manners in the Netherlands. "Normal practice" seems to become the social standard, but what is that?My Inner Victorian
A nice idea to think about during a cup of tea.
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Covering the intricacies of rank, the niceties of the street, the good conduct that was desired in the ballroom and the awkward blunders that a lady or gentleman would want to avoid, this is a lively, occasionally tongue-in-cheek discourse on nineteenth century manners and conduct. Based on advice given in the etiquette manuals of the time a useful reference for anyone interested in this fascinating period. And the Notes on each chapter and bibliography provide pointers for delving further into the world of polite society 200 years ago.Julian Stockwin - Action-adventure historical fiction
An amusing yet informative take on good manners and behaviour in years gone by.For the Love of Books
The cover alone evidences the off-beat tone used in the content which includes fashion, politics and acceptable social behaviours of both genders.
Incorporating behaviours between social classes, it looks at marital and class status too. This charming book offers a selection of black and white photography showing the intricacies of 19c fashion.
An amusing read, of potential value to a historical writer needing to research characteristics of people from this era.
The book is obviously well-researched, citing several etiquette guides published during the 19th century, used by the very people who followed the rules within them.The Lazy Historian, Jill Hamilton
Elegant Etiquette also features several glossy black and white photos of 19th century garments and accessories, a perfect addition to the chapter on etiquette relating to fashion.
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As featured inRipperologist, December 2017 – January 2018
Basis of nineteenth-century manners article by Thomas BlaikieThe Lady, 2nd February 2018
★★★★★ Smart, witty, daintily and sassy-worded chapters about inherited/familial ranks and titles versus those earned from military service, offering and accepting social calls inside and out (like the most ideal time to be seen walking or riding, choosing and seating guests effectively during a dinner party), dancing (not accepting food, drink, or dances from strangers), speaking, writing letters (on stationary featuring a family crest, calling cards), hiring servants (on recommendation, never publicly berating them), marriage (wedding tours/honeymoons) and domestic life (fashion, jewelry, and hygiene).GoodReads, Kristine Fisher
List feature: '5 steps to 19th-century etiquette'All About History, February 2018
This is Nicholas Storey’s third book in the series, following History of Men’s Fashion: What The Well Dressed Man Is Wearing (2008), and History of Men’s Accessories: A Short Guide For Men About Town (2011) and is called History of the Sporting Life: A Short Guide to Some Sports and Pursuits For The Man of The World. This book, also with historical and social background, covers: the conduct of sporting events, including recommendations for a selection of sporting equipment, being all the necessary equipment for: shooting, fishing, hunting, tennis, badminton, squash and golf; something of…By Nicholas Storey
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