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The Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in Renaissance England (Writer's Guides to Everyday Life) Hardcover – September 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Series: Writer's Guides to Everyday Life
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; First Edition edition (September 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898797527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898797527
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Feeling a bit "elf-shot" these days? Perusing this recent addition to the Writer's Digest's Writer's Guide history series will take your mind off such troubles. It has information on everything from Shakespearean-era postal systems to waterways to holidays to diets; it also defines contemporaneous lingo like the aforementioned supernatural malady. It's the next best thing to a time machine.

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Great for browsing, great for research.
R. Riis
It is well organized and is packed with detailed information on all aspects of Renaissance England.
Jodee Steffensen
It is packed full of very useful information.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Maggie Boleyn on January 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If your interest in the Renaissance centers on 16th century England, then this book's for you. With chapters arranged by broad subjects, such as Everyday Life, Government and War, and Society, it's easy to locate topics. If you are looking for a quick reference tool specific to the English Renaissance, this book belongs in your collection
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Riis VINE VOICE on March 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Not just for writers, but historians, hobbyists, and anyone interested in the small details of life in other times. This volume, like the others in the series, includes chapters (with figures and illustrations) on food, clothing, family life, work, education, religion, leisure activities, social and political history, etc. Great for browsing, great for research. Recommended.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The Writer's Guide to Renaissance England is a fantastic resource for everything to Elizabethan clothing, to what they ate, what they believed in and anything you need to research an aspect of English Renaissance culture. It's descriptive, thoural, and extreemely helpful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chrijeff VINE VOICE on December 31, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Most Americans who would be interested in such things, after all, have probably visited a Colonial reconstruction (like Williamsburg) at some point, and seen the artifacts of the period up close and personal, so it doesn't matter too much that the volume this series offers about Colonial America isn't too well supplied with pictures. But visual recreations of Elizabethiana are thinner on the ground, and it would have helped to have been able to see something of the objects described (I had to haul out one of my costume references to comprehend the description of Anne Boleyn's trademark headdress, for example). That much said, the book is packed with useful information ranging from plots against the Virgin Queen to how much things cost to education, language (including the Scots dialect), and witchcraft. And it offers sizeable bibliographies of other books to seek out in connection with various specialized subjects. On balance, I have to say that I got a lot out of it, and would recommend it as a good jumping-off place for students as well as writers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Venus A. Rachal VINE VOICE on September 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book years ago because I love stories set in the Medieval and Renaissance periods. What I loved about this book, is that it helped me to get a wide variety of information in short period of time. It provides information about clothing, food, money, the law, and royalty. I used it to create a 30 page story in college.

Because of the amount of information, as well as bibliographical listings for you to expand upon your research, it makes a great reference when you are writing a story set in this period. If you are writing a novel or a feature-length screenplay, you'll need more information than is covered in this book, but for a short story or to supplement information that you have, it is fabulous. You can also use it when you have no idea where to begin your research. The bibliographies are designed so that you can find out information on a specific subject quickly rather than researching the whole period in general.
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I wish I'd had this reference earlier. It is well organized and is packed with detailed information on all aspects of Renaissance England. I've been researching this period for years and still find much I didn't know. It also clarifies some of the things I've found difficult to research. For example, there's an excellent list of alternative cosmetics to ceruse, which I found very interesting. This is an excellent addition to my research library!
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This book is brilliant. It is packed full of very useful information. I like how it is split up into sections. It makes finding what you are looking for much easier. Would recommend to any Historical Fiction writer.
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