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House and Household in Elizabethan England: Wollaton Hall and the Willoughby Family Hardcover – March, 1989

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The University of Chicago Press; 1st edition (March 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226263290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226263298
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Francis E. Skony on December 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book takes a grand tour of just what it is that made up an Elizabethan House and Family. Starting in the Early Tudor Age, It deftly compiles much historical information about just what went into building the marvelous house at Wollaton, Nottinghamshire. Focusing on the life of Sir Francis Willoughby, it shows what the differing tensions and situations were that led up to the building of the grandest example of Elizabethan Architecture. While this book is wonderful for anyone researching Gentry Life in England, and the general situation under which most houses were built in that time, It suffers in some areas from incorrect historical information, and leaves some items regarding the family strangely in the dark. As a historical performer who portrays Sir Francis at a Local Renaissance Festival, This book has become a staple in my library. One should note though, that sometimes more information is included in the footnotes and bibliography than is included in the text of the book, and any historical researchers would do well to make sure to reference the extensive footnotes. Otherwise, this book is wonderful! It is surprising that there are not very many books such as this, considering that the Willoughby's are one of the most well documented Elizabethan families. But anyone searching for A well written and researched book will not go wrong with this one!
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