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THE WORST JOBS IN HISTORY:  TWO THOUSAND YEARS OF MISERABLE EMPLOYMENT., Robinson, Tony and Willcock, David.

Author Name    Robinson, Tony and Willcock, David.

Title   THE WORST JOBS IN HISTORY: TWO THOUSAND YEARS OF MISERABLE EMPLOYMENT.

Binding   Hard Cover

Book Condition   Very Good+

Jacket Condition   Very Good+

Edition   First Edition

Publisher   London Boxtree 2004

ISBN Number    0752215337 / 9780752215334

Seller ID   20940

224 pp, large 8vo (9 7/8" H). Profusely illustrated in b&w and colour with photographs and reproductions. "Tony Robinson has set out to investigate life in the underbelly of history. Whether it's swilling out the crotch of a knight's soiled armour after the Battle of Agincourt, risking his neck on a bleak cliff collecting guillemot eggs or, as 'Groom to the Stool', going to places where none of Henry VIII's six wives would venture - Tony endures it all to get to the bottom (quite literally) of the story. Covering the Roman invasion to the reign of Queen Victoria, Tony uncovers how - behind all the great men and women who have made the headlines - there has been an unseen army undertaking hard, dangerous and unpleasant work. The very names 'Powder Monkey', 'Seeker of the Dead' and 'Spit Boy' underline the fact that the past is a different and fairly disgusting country. The Gunpowder Plot draws Tony to the role of the 'Saltpetre Man' who collected human waste for its nitrate content to turn into gunpowder. In the same vein, he looks at some of the worst jobs behind the building of the great medieval cathedrals and at the dire conditions on Nelson's 'Victory' where the most common form of retirement was being sewn into your hammock with a couple of cannon balls and dropped over the side. Then there's the impact of the Industrial Revolution, a source of wealth and power for the few, but a cornucopia of lousy jobs for the many." Very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light waviness to fore-edge of textblock. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling and minor rubbing.

Social,  Middle  Ages,  Tudor,  Stuart,  Georgian,  Victorian,  Work,  Employment,  Jobs,  Industrial  Revolution,  Filth,  Danger,  Military,  Navy,  Boy  Actors,  Battle  Agincourt,  Alfred  The  Great,  Queen  Anne,  Arming  Squires,  Artist's  Models,  Barber  Surgeons,  Venerable  Bede,  Black  Death,  Jack  Black,  Anne  Boleyn,  Bosworth,  Edmund  Burke,  Charles  I,  Chimney  Sweeps,  English  Civil  War,  Charles  Darwin,  Charles  Dickens,  Dolaucothis  Gold  Mines,  Ducking  Stools,  Dustman,  Egg  Collectors,  Elizabeth  I,  John  Evelyn,  Executioners,  Fishwife,  Fullers,  Fulling  Mills,  Gong  Scourer,  Groom  Of  Stool,  Gunpowder  Plot,  Hampton  Court,  King  Henry,  William  Hogarth,  James  I,  Lindisfarne  Gospels,  Loblolly  Boy,  Lime  Burners,  Leeches,  Mary  Queen  Of  Scots,  Henry  Mayhew,  Medicine,  Mines,  Mining,  Horatio  Nelson,  Oakum  Picking,  Samuel  Pepys,  Petardier's  Assistant,  Pipe  Rolls,  Pipe  Roll  Transcriber,  Plague,  Poor  Laws,  Railways,  Rat  Catchers,  Riding  Officer,  Richard  III,  St  Paul's  Cathedral,  Saxons,  Scolds,  Bridle,  Sedan  Chairs,  William  Shakespeare,  Slaves,  Searcher  Of  Dead,  Tanners,  Sewers,  Toad  Eaters,  Treadmills,  Vikings,  Workhouses,  Woad  Dying,  Wool. 

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