Elizabeth's London: Everyday Life in Elizabethan London

Elizabeth's London: Everyday Life in Elizabethan London

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by Liza Picard
     
 

ISBN-10: 0312325665

ISBN-13: 9780312325664

Pub. Date: 06/01/2005

Publisher: St. Martin's Press


This picture of the London of Queen Elizabeth (1558-1603) is the result of Liza Picard's curiosity about the practical details of daily life that almost every history book ignores. As seen in her two previous, highly acclaimed books-Restoration London and Dr. Johnson's London-she has immersed herself in contemporary sources of every kind. She begins with the River…  See more details below

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This picture of the London of Queen Elizabeth (1558-1603) is the result of Liza Picard's curiosity about the practical details of daily life that almost every history book ignores. As seen in her two previous, highly acclaimed books-Restoration London and Dr. Johnson's London-she has immersed herself in contemporary sources of every kind. She begins with the River Thames, the lifeblood of Elizabethan London. The city, on the north bank of the river, was still largely confined within old Roman walls. Upriver at Westminster were the royal palaces, and between them and the crowded city the mansions of the great and the good commanded the river frontage. She shows us the interior décor of the rich and the not-so-rich, and what they were likely to be growing in their gardens. Then the Londoners of the time take the stage, in all their amazing finery. Plague, small-pox, and other diseases afflicted them. But food and drink, sex and marriage and family life provided comfort, a good education was always useful, and cares could be forgotten in a playhouse or the bear-baiting rings, or watching a good cockfight. Liza Picard's wonderfully skillful and vivid evocation of the London of four hundred years ago enables us to share the delights, as well as the horrors, of the everyday lives of sixteenth century Britain.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312325664
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
06/01/2005
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
937,559
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1The river
The long ferry6
The legal quays and up-river8
The river's moods9
Great occasions11
Tilt-boats, wherries and watermen13
Flood control16
Fishing17
The swans18
Ch. 2The main streets, water supply and sewerage
Southwark20
London bridge21
The city gates24
To the north25
The east/west route via Cheapside26
Thames Street28
St. Paul's/Ludgate/Fleet Street29
The city to Westminster29
Road surfaces30
Transport31
Traffic33
Water supply35
Engineers and quills38
Refuse disposal40
Public toilets41
Ch. 3The buildings
Timber-frame construction42
New stone and brick houses47
Survivals48
Ch. 4Interiors and furniture
House moving51
Interior walls and wall coverings51
Gilt leather and embroidery54
Tapestry55
Wood panelling56
Ceilings and floors57
Furniture58
Silver66
Ch. 5Gardens and open spaces
Garden design68
The inns of court73
Livery companies and churchyards74
Gardening techniques75
Planting plans78
Open spaces82
Ch. 6Health, illness and medicine
Expectation of life89
The bills of mortality90
The Plague91
Smallpox and other diseases93
Care of the sick95
Mental illness95
Diagnosis and treatment97
Medical theories102
The medical establishment104
Accidents and emergencies109
Ch. 7Foreigners
Blackamoors and lascars110
Foreign tourists111
Immigrants112
The 1593 Return of Strangers115
Naturalisation119
Tax and other penalties119
Social organisation120
Ch. 8Clothes and beauty
Ruffs123
Men's dress126
Women's dress131
Children134
Colours, fabrics and decoration134
Underwear and nightwear138
Shoes and headgear138
Accessories140
Furs and jewels141
Washing, etc144
Cosmetics145
Teeth146
Ch. 9Food and drink
The markets148
Other food shops152
Street sellers152
Fish days153
Cooking and recipes155
Meals159
Table manners161
Drink165
Eating out168
Ch. 10Sex, marriage, family life and death
Sex outside marriage169
Marriage173
Servants179
Childbirth180
Childhood and manners184
Death and funerals186
Ch. 11Education
The first years190
Figures191
Schools194
Christ's Hospital199
Apprenticeship202
The Inns of Court205
Further education208
Private tuition and the foreign tour208
Ch. 12Amusements
Home entertainment212
Free shows217
Bear baiting, bull baiting and cock fighting219
Theatre-going221
Sport225
The lottery226
Inns and taverns227
Recreational drugs228
Ch. 13Networks and boxes
The livery companies230
Parishes240
Wards242
Servitors and retainers244
Ch. 14Crime, punishment and the law
The underworld246
Criminal law enforcement247
Minor offences248
More serious punishments249
The civil law252
Statutes, proclamations and the custom of London255
Ch. 15The poor
The welfare system257
Emergencies and single payments259
Begging licences261
Private charities262
The sick poor263
Ch. 16Religion, superstition, witchcraft and magic
The Elizabethan religious settlement271
Dissidents273
Continuity275
The sermons at Paul's Cross275
Superstition277
Witchcraft and magic278
AppAn Elizabethan invoice288

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