Fifty Years Ago


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Sir Walter Besant (1836-1901) was a prolific novelist and historian. He wrote Fifty Years Ago to present a picture of life, manners, and society in Great Britain as it was when Queen Victoria ascended to the throne. In 1837, the seeds of new technology and new ideas were present and monumental changes from the ways of the 1700's were about to be felt. Starting first in London and over several decades, the progress moved outwards to the country towns of the British Isles. - Summary by Gary Clayton (6 hr 1 min)

Chapters

Preface 6:28 Read by garybclayton
Great Britain, Ireland, and the Colonies 25:17 Read by garybclayton
The Year 1837 15:03 Read by garybclayton
London in 1837 18:48 Read by garybclayton
In the Street 23:17 Read by Jim Locke
With the People 24:43 Read by Jim Locke
With the Middle-Class 33:19 Read by Jim Locke
In Society 21:34 Read by Jim Locke
At the Play and the Show 15:34 Read by Jim Locke
In the House 16:19 Read by Jim Locke
At School and University 8:09 Read by Jim Locke
The Tavern 18:52 Read by Jim Locke
In Club- and Card-Land 10:45 Read by Jim Locke
With the Wits 26:00 Read by Jim Locke
Journals and Journalists 7:59 Read by Jim Locke
The Sportsman 20:24 Read by Jim Locke
In Factory and Mine 13:19 Read by Jim Locke
With the Men of Science 7:12 Read by Jim Locke
Law and Justice 32:20 Read by Jim Locke
Conclusion 16:02 Read by Jim Locke