A History of Private Life on BBC 4 Extra (Digital Radio)

There’s a really nice little history series being rerun on BBC 4 Extra, and you can listen to most of the parts. (I missed Episode 1 because it had run out, and Episode 2 only has a few more hours to go.)

A History of Private Life is about what home life and housekeeping was like in England in the 16th, 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries. The episodes are only fifteen minutes long, and they include folksongs as illustrations.

So far we’ve had the truly great and funny “Housewife’s Lament,” “Get Up and Bar the Door,” a Protestant devotional song about private prayer in one’s chambers, and a very freaky madrigal about wolves howling at the moon. (Just to name a few.)

Highly recommended.

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