Book #121: The Essential Handbook of Victorian Etiquette by Thomas E. Hill

Essential for understanding Victorian way of life, this is a very interesting book on the code of manners of Victorian behavior. This book is about life in the Victorian World when the British Empire never slept or the sun never set on it. America in the Victorian World was still a colony and indeed wanting to become its own in identity. The book plays an important role in explaining that the rules and manner system of America was very similar to the British at least in the old families of Boston and Philadelphia. This highly entertaining little book is great for those just starting to learn about the Victorian culture. 

I’m not a big nonfiction reader, but I’m trying to read more nonfiction. Next year I have a goal of two nonfiction books. But, anyways, I bought this book because anything Victorian culture is a big thing for me. I have always loved that era in culture, history, and enlightenment.

As such, I plan on one day writing fiction set in a Victorian like setting. Because of this, books like this is great research material.

What did I find out about myself in reading this book?  I would have issues in high society. Though in today’s culture I could be prudish (I’ll be the first to admit that), I am by no means a Victorian lady.

What else did I find out in this book? My husband needs to read the last sentence. Actually, every man needs to read the last sentence. It could potentially help your relationship issues. I am not kidding. It made me laugh.

I will be keeping this book and using it for further research. Luckily, it’s short and written more like a How to book. There are even illustrations and examples to help you understand how to think like a high society individual.

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