Stratford-on-Avon: From the Earliest Times to the Death of Shakespeare

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Sir Sidney Lee (1859–1926) was a lifelong scholar and enthusiast of Shakespeare, but is also remembered as the 'sub-editor' recruited by Sir Leslie Stephen when he was embarking on the project of the Dictionary of National Biography, and whose editorial and organisational skills were vital in keeping the publication programme close to its planned schedule. His own contributions to the Dictionary included an account of the life of Queen Victoria and (in Volume 51, 1897) William Shakespeare. This study of ...
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Sir Sidney Lee (1859–1926) was a lifelong scholar and enthusiast of Shakespeare, but is also remembered as the 'sub-editor' recruited by Sir Leslie Stephen when he was embarking on the project of the Dictionary of National Biography, and whose editorial and organisational skills were vital in keeping the publication programme close to its planned schedule. His own contributions to the Dictionary included an account of the life of Queen Victoria and (in Volume 51, 1897) William Shakespeare. This study of Stratford-on-Avon was first published in 1885, and the greatly enlarged version, reissued here, in 1890. (In 1898 Lee produced his biography of Shakespeare (also reissued in this series), regarded for much of the twentieth century as the most reliable account of Shakespeare's life.) This illustrated work draws on the archival material then available to provide a history of the town of Stratford up to the time of Shakespeare's death.
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Introductory; 1. The origin of the town, and its relations with the see of Worcester; 2. Agricultural life; 3. Mediaeval trade, markets, and fairs; 4. John, Robert, and Ralph of Stratford; 5. The Church of the Holy Trinity; 6. The Guild; 7. Sir Hugh Clopton's benefactions; 8. The Reformation at Stratford; 9. The growth of self-government; 10. John Shakespeare in municipal office and in trade; 11. The Stratford industries and population; 12. John Shakespeare's first settlement in Stratford - the streets; 13. The construction and furniture of the houses - the gardens; 14. The sanitary conditions of the town; 15. Plagues, fires, floods, and famines; 16. Domestic and school discipline; 17. The occupations of Stratford lads; 18. The players at Stratford; 19. Rural sports; 20. Charlecote House - poaching in the park; 21. Indoor amusements; 22. Christenings and marriage; 23. Shakespeare at Stratford in later life; 24. The Gunpowder Plot - Combe's death - the attempt to enclose the Welcombe Fields; 25. Shakespeare's death and his descendants.
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