What 17th century England looked like

Hubbub: Filth, Noise and Stench in England, 1600-1770
By Emily Cockayne (Yale University Press 355pp £25)

This book by Emily Cockayne is about what the Seventeeth century England looked like . The grime and squalor ,lack of public hygiene and the open  defecation and spitting practised by the citizens are a far cry from today’s England . “The personal liberty of every freeborn Englishman and woman to spit, dump and defecate meant considerable misery for everyone…On the other hand, you can get some sense of what seventeenth-century
street life must have been like by trying to make your way down ChandniChowk in Delhi and breathe at the same time.



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