John Gallagher: Civility Held Sway, 4 July 2019
Show More In Pursuit of Civility: Manners and Civilisation in Early Modern England by Keith Thomas.
Yale, 457 pp., £25, June 2018, 978 0 300 23577 7Show More
“... necessities of the body.’ The transition to bodily inhibition took place quite slowly, however: Anthony Wood complained that when Charles II’s courtiers left Oxford, they also left ‘their excrements in every corner, in chimneys, studies, coal-houses, cellars’. True civility was the property of the city. ‘Since classical times,’ Thomas ...”