Shakespeare's London

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Written as if some 17th century Arthur Frommer were advising travelers, this book shows the reader a lot about life in Shakespeare's London. It begins as all good guides do with background and a brief history. The next chapter deals with weather and location and describes ways to travel to London, including an authentic coach schedule. A sidebar explains the proper way to greet various people one might meet in London. Then the author deals with where to stay and where to eat, as well as explanations of how to get around the city. Prospective travelers will then learn about historical monuments to visit, most of which are still there. For casual sightseeing, he suggests a Thames-based tour with stops at Eton College, London Bridge, the Globe Theatre, and the district of Greenwich. No trip would be complete without a little shopping, so he explains why London is a shopper's paradise and tells where to shop. The chapter on entertainment deals as expected with theater, and also explains frost fairs, greyhound racing, bear baiting, and public executions. A final chapter describes nearby places one might want to visit—Canterbury, Oxford, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth. There he did make a small error, recommending a visit to the Mary Rose in Portsmouth. That ship sank in 1545, before Shakespeare was born. The book in Lucent's series "A Travel Guide To" is the next best thing to time travel. Its lengthy bibliography suggests further reading. 2003, Lucent Books/The Gale Group Inc,
— Janet Crane Barley
School Library Journal
Gr 6-10-An inventive format and lively writing distinguish this title from other recent books on Elizabethan England. The text is written in the present tense, as if it really is 1604, and readers are literally about to embark on a trip to London. The chapter headings mirror a contemporary travel guide-weather, shopping, sightseeing, lodging, etc., and the book is peppered with all sorts of fun facts that will definitely surprise students. "Travelers arriving in London must enter through one of the eight gates along the city wall before 8:00 P.M. when the curfew bell rings-." Other entertaining features include a coach schedule to London from other cities, a guide to dining etiquette ("When dining at a tavern, remember that most food is eaten with the fingers"), and praise for "modern conveniences" such as cobblestone streets and a public privy. Black-and-white photos, reproductions, or maps are found on nearly every page. Of course, some students may need to be reminded that the Globe Theatre was not actually "completed just five years ago," but this is a very enjoyable approach to history and definitely succeeds in transporting students to another place and time.-Ronni Krasnow, New York Public Library Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590181461
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: Traveler's Guide to Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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