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Life in Victorian Era Ireland (Hardback)

P&S History > British History > Victorian History P&S History > By Century > 19th Century P&S History > By Century > 20th Century P&S History > Social History World History > Europe World History > UK & Ireland > Ireland

By Ian Maxwell
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 32 mono illustrations
ISBN: 9781399042550
Published: 20th October 2023


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There are many books which tackle the political developments in Ireland during the nineteenth century. The aim of this book is to show what life was like during the reign of Queen Victoria for those who lived in the towns and countryside during a period of momentous change. It covers a period of sixty-four years (1837-1901) when the only thing that that connected its divergent decades and generations was the fact that the same head of state presided over them. It is a social history, in so far as politics can be divorced from everyday life in Ireland, examining, changes in law and order, government intervention in education and public health, the revolution in transport and the shattering impact of the Great Famine and subsequent eviction and emigration. The influence of religion was a constant factor during the period with the three major denominations, Roman Catholic, Anglican and Presbyterian, between them accounting for all but a very small proportion of the Irish population. Schools, hospitals, and other charitable institutions, orphan societies, voluntary organisation, hotels, and even public transport and sporting organisations were organised along denominational lines. On a lighter note, popular entertainment, superstitions, and marriage customs are explored through the eyes of the Victorians themselves during the last full century of British rule.

A very interesting look at life in Ireland during a period of severe hardship. Fascinating read.

NetGalley, Annette Stauffer

It's well researched and offers a great deal of information.

NetGalley, Andrea Romance

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Very good well written book, I've read many on Victorian England and America but this was the first focusing on Ireland and its somewhat unique take on the Victorian Era.

NetGalley, Heather Bennett

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

There's not a lot of social history books about life in Ireland during Victoria reign. I found it well researched, interesting and made me learn something new.
Highly recommended.

NetGalley, Anna Maria Giacomasso

I found the shift from England to Ireland a refreshing read, and learned a lot of little known facets of daily life.

NetGalley, Spencer Wright

About Ian Maxwell

Dr Ian Maxwell, a former record officer at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, is now a freelance writer and a leading expert on Irish genealogy. He conducts courses on genealogy throughout Northern Ireland and he is a regular speaker at genealogical conferences in Belfast and Dublin. He writes articles regularly for Family Tree and Who Do You Think You Are? magazines on Irish, Scottish and English social history and genealogy. His previous publications include Your Irish Ancestors, Everyday Life in Nineteenth Century Ireland and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors.

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