No Modern Conveniences

This eye-opening look at the history of home life from Lucy Worsley, chief curator of some rather impressive English palaces, goes back 800 years to explore what people actually did in bed, the bath, at the table and the stove. No subject is taboo; no bodily function is too private for this intrepid author, who tried out several of her discoveries, like using urine as a stain remover and lugging hot water to fill an upstairs bath. Reading the gory details of home life in the past made me say a prayer for flush toilets, fridges, AC and central heat, comfy sofas, carpets and privacy. Amen.

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