Daily Life in Elizabethan England / Edition 2

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Daily Life in Elizabethan England: Second Edition offers a fresh look at Elizabethan life from the perspective of the people who actually lived it. With an abundance of updates based on the most current research, this second edition provides an engaging—and sometimes surprising—picture of what it was like to live during this distant time.

Readers will learn, for example, that Elizabethans were diligent recyclers, composting kitchen waste and collecting old rags for papermaking. They will discover that Elizabethans averaged less than 2 inches shorter than their modern British counterparts, and, in a surprising echo of our own age, that many Elizabethan city dwellers relied on carryout meals—albeit because they lacked kitchen facilities. What further sets the book apart is its "hands-on" approach to the past with the inclusion of actual music, games, recipes, and clothing patterns based on primary sources.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This text brings alive the Elizabethan Age for the high school student, providing an understanding of the context in which great historical events occurred and the daily life of the people who made them happen."



"Forgeng wrote the original volume as a reference for living history. Now a curator at the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts, he revises it in light of the research and writing he has done in the 12 years since, and to conform to the format and style of the series. His topics include society, households and the course of life, cycles of time, material culture, clothing and accouterments, food and drink, and entertainments. A chronology and a glossary are included, along with an appendix on how to throw an Elizabethan living history party."


Reference & Research Book News

"This book is designed for high school nonfiction collections but will be found useful by many college students and adults interested in this time period. High recommended."


Library Media Connection

The work began its life in 1991 as a brief manual for people recreating the Middle Ages at the University of Toronto, and was published in a revised and extended form in 1993 by Vox Clamantis Monographs for the same purpose. Almost none of the original text remains in this edition, and the living history foundation is gilded with the proper scholarly paraphernalia to count as an academic reference. Much of the information about the lives of common people in Elizabethan England comes from primary sources that either have been overlooked by scholars or described in specialist texts inaccessible to generalists and amateurs. Describes recipes, clothing patterns, songs, dances, games, and other informal aspects of life. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313365607
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/15/2009
  • Series: Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History Series
  • Edition description: Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 918,569
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

JEFFREY L. SINGMAN is an editor of The Middle English Dictionary at the University of Michigan.

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Table of Contents

1 A Brief History of Tudor England 1
2 The Elizabethan World 9
3 The Course of Life 37
4 Cycles of Time 55
5 The Living Environment 73
6 Clothing and Accoutrements 93
7 Food and Drink 131
8 Entertainments 149
Glossary 191
Appendix A: The Elizabethan Event 195
Appendix B: Suppliers 198
Appendix C: Contacts 201
Notes 205
Bibliography 215
Index 221
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