Combining juicy bits of Victorian history and custom with some delightfully scathing social commentary, Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners, by Therese Oneill, will delight and infuriate you. The author wishes to not-so-gently disabuse the reader of any romantic notions of a simpler and more gracious time by detailing the rigors of the typical Victorian lady’s life. For instance, did you know that white lead was the base of many cosmetics of the day, advertised as giving a flawless finish to all complexions, as well as being “entirely harmless?” Courtship, marriage, reproductive matters, dealing with servants, and proper public behavior are also included in this informative and fascinating book.
Fun, snarky, and enlightening
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