The Worst Jobs in History: Two Thousand Years of Miserable Employment

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Tony Robinson has set out to investigate the underbelly of British history through 2,000 years of wretched employment—whether its swilling out the crotch of a knights soiled armor or collecting human waste to turn into gunpowder. Covering the Roman invasion to the reign of Queen Victoria, Robinson uncovers an unseen army undertaking arduous, hazardous, deeply unpleasant Tony Robinson has set out to investigate the underbelly of British history through 2,000 years of wretched employment—whether its swilling out the crotch of a knights soiled armor or collecting human waste to turn into gunpowder. Covering the Roman invasion to the reign of Queen Victoria, Robinson uncovers an unseen army undertaking arduous, hazardous, deeply unpleasant work. The very names Toad Eater, Vomit Collector, Spit Boy, and Seeker of the Dead underline a fairly disgusting history. As he delves into the grime of how life was for the ordinary person, he brings Gong Scourers (Tudor cesspit cleaners), Pure Collectors (Victorian pooper-scoopers), and Resurrection Men (Georgian body snatchers) blinking into the limelight to provide a vivid alternative history of Britain.


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Tony Robinson has set out to investigate the underbelly of British history through 2,000 years of wretched employment—whether its swilling out the crotch of a knights soiled armor or collecting human waste to turn into gunpowder. Covering the Roman invasion to the reign of Queen Victoria, Robinson uncovers an unseen army undertaking arduous, hazardous, deeply unpleasant Tony Robinson has set out to investigate the underbelly of British history through 2,000 years of wretched employment—whether its swilling out the crotch of a knights soiled armor or collecting human waste to turn into gunpowder. Covering the Roman invasion to the reign of Queen Victoria, Robinson uncovers an unseen army undertaking arduous, hazardous, deeply unpleasant work. The very names Toad Eater, Vomit Collector, Spit Boy, and Seeker of the Dead underline a fairly disgusting history. As he delves into the grime of how life was for the ordinary person, he brings Gong Scourers (Tudor cesspit cleaners), Pure Collectors (Victorian pooper-scoopers), and Resurrection Men (Georgian body snatchers) blinking into the limelight to provide a vivid alternative history of Britain.
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Title The Worst Jobs in History: Two Thousand Years of Miserable Employment Height 12.7
Sir Tony Robinson Width 1.8
ISBN-13 9780330438575 Binding Paperback
ISBN-10 #0330438573 Spine Width
Publisher Abdo Publishing Company Pages 224
Edition 2010 Availability In Stock

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