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“Clever and entertaining…gives the everyday, from bed-making to drainpipes, all the vivid interest of something newly made strange.” —Sunday Times
Making of Home
The Making of Home traces the evolution of the house across northern Europe and America from the sixteenth to the early twentieth century, and paints a striking picture of how the homes we know today differ from homes through history.

“A fascinating and ambitious exploration into the soul of family life.” —Amanda Foreman, New York Times bestselling author

In Renaissance Italy, bedrooms were used by the women of the household for daytime socializing and for meals. Read An Excerpt

The cupboard?

They haven’t always existed.

The cupboard’s unexpected ancestor was the chest.

Legs were added to make access easier.
Judith Flanders
JUDITH FLANDERS is an international bestselling author and one of the foremost social historians of the Victorian era. Judith is a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Spectator, and the Times Literary Supplement. She lives in London.

Check out Judith’s Blog, “Ho Hum Another Work of the Devil”

Making of Home
Corridors and fireplaces became more common from the 16th century, bringing privacy. And privacy changed the shape of families, which changed the shape of home.

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