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Shakespeare's England: Life in Elizabethan & Jacobean Times

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A collection of some of the best, wittiest and most unusual excerpts from 16th- and 17th-century writing. "Shakespeare's England" brings to life the variety, the energy and the harsh reality of England at this time. Providing a portrait of the age, it includes extracts from a wide variety of writers, taken from books, plays, poems, letters, diaries and pamphlets by and abo ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by The History Press (first published November 18th 1999)
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Terri
Apr 07, 2013 Terri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book disappointed me. I bought it in England at Shakespeare's home in Stratford. Didn't have a lot of time to look through it before buying it, but picked it up thinking it looked great. I was really hoping to have some good material to use with my senior English classes. Well, it's interesting to some extent, but it is almost all primary source materials with not much commentary. A great deal of literature from the time period that is frankly pretty boring. I did not learn very much new ab ...more
LitMom
Aug 09, 2008 LitMom rated it it was ok
Wow! - - the worst job in Elizabethan times had to be laundering and starching those ubiquitous men's collar ruffles. Not that the book mentions them, but I thought I would. This was an interesting and quick read - - lavishly supplied with paintings and illustrations of the times. Very basic, not seeking to be intellectually stimulating or break new ground, just give an overview.
Lindsay Goto
An incredibly easy read and an entertaining one which is undermined by the fact that when you get down to it, this is little bit more than a Spark Notes version of Shakespeare's time and that for more in depth analysis you'll probably have to go elsewhere.
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