Excerpt from The Homes of Other Days: A History of Domestic Manners and Sentiments in England, From the Earliest Kwn Period to Modern Times My dear Lord Lytton, Years t a few are w passed away since the excellent romance of Harold the Last of the Saxon Kings was first given to the world. I have a vivid remembrance of the pleasure with which I read it I was then comparatively young, but earnest, in historical and archaeological research. I remember having been much struck with the description of the residence of the sorceress Hilda, - of the change from the Roman villa to the mansion of the Anglo-Saxon; and I felt the greatness of the instinctive appreciation of historical truth which was displayed in it. In reading this, as well as other parts of your Lordship's work, I often thought what a useful book would be a complete and carefully compiled history of the domestic manners and ecomy of our forefathers, from the earliest period at which we can obtain any kwledge of it down to more recent times, - in fact, to our own modem home. This idea often recurred to my thoughts, until an opportunity was given me of carrying it into effect, though imperfectly, in a series of papers in the then popular Art Journal. These afterwards, revised and considerably enlarged, were published in a volume in 1862, to which I gave the simple title of The History of Domestic Manners and Sentiments in England during the Middle Ages. This book was received favourably, and is w, I believe, out of print; and I have been induced to give to press a new edition, which I have so much altered in revision, and to which I have added so much, that it may be considered as a new work, and therefore I have considerably modified its title. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.