*** The Making of Home by Judith Flanders


Written by a historian, The Making of Home: The 500-Year Story of How Our Houses Became Our Homes shows how homes changed along with our demands of them from the 16th Century onward. She uses art and literature, showing how such artifacts can be highly idealized, alongside home inventories and other more factual data to explore the physical arrangements of homes, how children and women were treated, how much privacy was expected (not much, at first!), and how furniture reflects growing economic ease.

In such a rich book, there are occasional redundant wanderings into children’s clothes, say, or diet during the Industrial Revolution, but the stories are intriguing.

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