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Shakespeare's England: Life in Elizabethan & Jacobean Times
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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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.
Mar 10, 2011 Lindsay Goto rated it 3 of 5 stars
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.