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 starsNetGalley, Heather Bennett
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.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, Anna Maria Giacomasso
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.
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