TRAVELS IN ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND (Classic Bestselling History of England) by Paul Hentzner [Queen Elizabeth I Jubilee] ENGLISH HISTORY BRITISH HISTORY Travels in England During the Time of Queen Elizabeth [NOOK Book]

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TRAVELS IN ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND
(Classic Bestselling History of England)

by Paul Hentzner [Queen Elizabeth I Jubilee]
ENGLISH HISTORY BRITISH HISTORY


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The English are serious, like the ...
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TRAVELS IN ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND (Classic Bestselling History of England) by Paul Hentzner [Queen Elizabeth I Jubilee] ENGLISH HISTORY BRITISH HISTORY Travels in England During the Time of Queen Elizabeth

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Overview

TRAVELS IN ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND
(Classic Bestselling History of England)

by Paul Hentzner [Queen Elizabeth I Jubilee]
ENGLISH HISTORY BRITISH HISTORY


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The English are serious, like the Germans; lovers of show, liking to be followed wherever they go by whole troops of servants, who wear their masters’ arms in silver, fastened to their left arms, a ridicule they deservedly lie under. They excel in dancing and music, for they are active and lively, though of a thicker make than the French; they cut their hair close on the middle of the head, letting it grow on either side; they are good sailors, and better pirates, cunning, treacherous and thievish; above three hundred are said to be hanged annually at London; beheading with them is less infamous than hanging; they give the wall as the place of honour; hawking is the general sport of the gentry; they are more polite in eating than the French, devouring less bread, but more meat, which they roast in perfection; they put a great deal of sugar in their drink; their beds are covered with tapestry, even those of farmers; they are often molested with the scurvy, said to have first crept into England with the Norman Conquest; their houses are commonly of two storeys, except in London, where they are of three and four, though but seldom of four; they are built of wood, those of the richer sort with bricks; their roofs are low, and, where the owner has money, covered with lead.

They are powerful in the field, successful against their enemies, impatient of anything like slavery; vastly fond of great noises that fill the ear, such as the firing of cannon, drums, and the ringing of bells, so that it is common for a number of them, that have got a glass in their heads, to go up into the belfry, and ring the bells for hours together for the sake of exercise. If they see a foreigner very well made, or particularly handsome, they will say, “It is a pity he is not an Englishman!”
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Paul Hentzner (January 29, 1558 – January 1, 1623) was a German lawyer, born at Crossen, in Brandenburg, on the 29th of January, 1558. He died on the 1st January, 1623. In 1596, when his age was thirty-eight, he became tutor to a young Silesian nobleman, with whom he set out in 1597 on a three years’ tour through Switzerland, France, England, and Italy. After his return to Germany in 1600, he published, at Nuremberg, in 1612, a description of what he had seen and thought worth record, written in Latin, as “Itinerarium Germaniae, Galliae, Angliae, Italiae, cum Indice Locorum, Rerum atque Verborum.”

Horace Walpole caused that part of Hentzner’s Itinerary which tells what he saw in England to be translated by Richard Bentley, son of the famous scholar, and he printed at Strawberry Hill two hundred and twenty copies. In 1797 “Hentzner’s Travels in England” were edited and published with notes by the translator and the editor.
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    Posted June 3, 2012

    Absolutely fascinating. A fascinating read for anyone intereste

    Absolutely fascinating.

    A fascinating read for anyone interested in England and English history.

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