The Golden Age

1,120pp 32 PLATES 2014 OUT OF PRINT HB31



The development of Edinburgh into one of the great intellectual centres of Europe is paralleled in the story of the growth of the city, as architects such as Robert Adam reflected the confidence of a new age in the wide and imposing thoroughfares of the New Town, a far cry from the dank and overcrowded closes of medieval Edinburgh. Cosh's use of contemporary material presents a picture of how Edinburgh and its inhabitants were seen at the time, and also shows how notable local figures saw their own city. The opinions of William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Samuel Coleridge, Robert Southey, Thomas Carlyle, Sydney Smith, Thomas de Quincey, Walter Scott, Percy Bysshe Shelley and visiting Americans are all represented. No part of Edinburgh's rich social and cultural life is ignored; from education, the Church, literature, music, art and the theatre to details of the lifestyles of both the rich and the poor -- their diet, dress, pastimes and pleasures, manners and etiquette.