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The Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in Renaissance England (Writer's Guides to Everyday Life) Hardcover – September, 1996
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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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I've read a lot of books about the Tudors, and I was still surprised with details I didn't know. For example, in the 16th and 17th centuries, the English used the name "Narrow Seas" for the English Channel. And can you guess what we now call the German Ocean?
I do still have one question, though. The chapter on money explains that a penny or pence (plural of penny) are noted as a "d", such as
means 13 shillings and 4 pence,
but not why a "d" came to mean a penny.
The book is divided into three broad parts, each part divided into more specific chapters:
Part 1: Everyday Life
Clothes and Accessories, Food and Drink, Architecture, Furnishing a House, Marriage and Family, Physic and Physicians
Part 2: Government and War
Government, Monarchs, Nobles and Commoners, Crime and Punishment, Coins, Money and How Much Things Cost, War and Peace, A Seafaring Nation
Part 3: Renaissance Society
Education: Secular and Religious, Employment, Entertainment, Language, Life in London and Other Cities, Rural Life, Travel and Travelers, Witches, Magic, Necromancy and Superstition
This is a nice reference book, and I like the professional way the author lists further reading if you require more detail.
P.S. The German Ocean is now called the North Sea.