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The Description of England: The Classic Contemporary Account of Tudor Social Life

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Originally written as part of an introduction to Holinshed's Chronicles, this history provides an unparalleled account of life in Shakespeare's England. Its detailed accounts address nearly every aspect of 16th-century life, including food and diet, laws, clothing, crime and punishment, castles, antiquities, animals, languages, inns and thoroughfares, and many other topics.
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Originally written as part of an introduction to Holinshed's Chronicles, this history provides an unparalleled account of life in Shakespeare's England. Its detailed accounts address nearly every aspect of 16th-century life, including food and diet, laws, clothing, crime and punishment, castles, antiquities, animals, languages, inns and thoroughfares, and many other topics.
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Table of Contents


Preface 
Introduction 
Harrison's Dedicatory Letter to Lord Cobham 
Book II: The Description of England 
I. Of the Ancient and Present Estate of the Church of England 
II. Of the Number of Bishoprics and Their Several Circuits 
III. Of Universities 
IV. Of the Partition of England into Shires and Counties  
V. Of Degrees of People in the Commonwealth of England
VI. Of the Food and Diet of the English 
VII. Of Their Apparel and Attire
VIII. Of the High Court of Parliament and Authority of the Same
IX. Of the Laws of England since Her First Inhabitation
X. Of Provision Made for the Poor
XI. Of Sundry Kinds of Punishments Appointed for Malefactors 
XII. Of the Manner of Building and Furniture of Our Houses  
XIII. Of Cities and Towns in England  
XIV. Of Castles and Holds
XV. Of Palaces Belonging to the Prince
XVI. Of Armor and Munition
XVII. Of the Navy of England
XVIII. Of Fairs and Markets  246
XIX. Of Parks and Warrens
XX. Of Gardens and Orchards
XXI. Of Waters Generally
XXII. Of Woods and Marshes
XXIII. Of Baths and Hot Wells
XXIV. Of Antiquities Found
XXV. Of the Coins of England
Book III: The Description of England [continued1
I. Of Cattle Kept for Profit
II. Of Wild and Tame Fowls
III.  Of Fish Usually Taken upon Our Coasts 
IV.  Of Savage Beasts and Vermins
V.  Of Hawks and Ravenous Fowls
VI.  Of Venomous Beasts
VII. Of Our English Dogs and Their Qualities
VIII. Of Our Saffron and the Dressing Thereof
IX.  Of Quarries of Stone for Building
X. Of Sundry Minerals  
XI.  Of Metals To Be Had in Our Land
XII. Of Precious Stones
XIII. Of Salt Made in England
XIV. Of Our Account of Time and Her Parts
XV. Of Our Principal Fairs and Markets
XVI. Of Our Inns and Thoroughfares
Book I: The Description of Britain [excerpts]
VI.  Of the Languages Spoken in This Island 
XI.  The Description of the Thames and Such Rivers as Fall into the Same [in part]
XVI. XVIII. XIX. XX.  Of Such Falls of Waters as Join with the Sea between Humber and the Thames [in part] Of the Air, Soil, and Commodities of This Island Of the Four Highways Sometime Made in Britain by the Princes of This Island [in part] Of the General Constitution of the Bodies of the Britons  Appendix I. Harrison on Weights and Measures [excerpts] 
XXII. XXIII. XXIV. XXV.  Of the Manner of Measuring the Length and Breadth of Things after the English Usage Of English Weights and Their Comparison with Others [in part] Of Liquid Measures [in part] Of the Dry Measures of England and Their Comparison with Others [in part] 
Appendix II: Corrections to Furnivall
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2001

    Excellent primary source for Elizabethan Britain

    The topics Harrison discusses are what he found to be useful information. The variety of things he chooses to write about is remarkable. It seems that the only things he left out were hygiene habits, the life of children, and recreation such as dance and music. He comments on the landscape and geography of England, laws and punishments, food and clothing, building furniture, the church structure, language, natural resources, and weights and measures -- amoung other topics. The author¿s bias is clear and gives great insight into Harrison¿s social class and the likely social understandings of many people of the time. I _highly_ recommend this book for anyone studying the time period scholastically or for those who have any interest int the time peirod at all. It is an invaluable resource.

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