What We Did In Bed: A Horizontal History

September 24, 2019|
What We Did In Bed: A Horizontal History by Brian Fagan
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Pulling back the covers on the fascinating, yet often forgotten, history of the bed
 
Louis XIV ruled France from his bedchamber. Winston Churchill governed Britain from his during World War II. Travelers routinely used to bed down with complete strangers, and whole families shared beds in many preindustrial households. Beds were expensive items—and often for show. Tutankhamun was buried on a golden bed, wealthy Greeks were sent to the afterlife on dining beds, and deceased middle-class Victorians were propped up on a bed in the parlor.
 
In this sweeping social history that covers the past seventy thousand years, Brian Fagan and Nadia Durrani look at the endlessly varied role of the bed through time. This was a place for sex, death, childbirth, storytelling, and sociability as well as sleeping. But who did what with whom, why, and how could vary incredibly depending on the time and place. It is only in the modern era that the bed has transformed into a private, hidden zone, and its rich social history has largely been forgotten.
Brian Fagan is one of the world’s leading archaeological writers and an internationally recognized authority on world prehistory. He is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His other books include Fishing: How the Sea Fed Civilization and A Little History of Archaeology.  Nadia Durrani has ...
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Title:What We Did In Bed: A Horizontal HistoryFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:232 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.88 inShipping dimensions:232 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.88 inPublished:September 24, 2019Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300223889

ISBN - 13:9780300223880

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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