Daily Life in Elizabethan England

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Greenwood Press, 2010 - History - 276 pages
3 Reviews

"Daily Life in Elizabethan England: Second Edition" offers a fresh look at Elizabethan life from the perspective of the people who actually lived it. With an abundance of updates based on the most current research, this second edition provides an engaging--and sometimes surprising--picture of what it was like to live during this distant time.

Readers will learn, for example, that Elizabethans were diligent recyclers, composting kitchen waste and collecting old rags for papermaking. They will discover that Elizabethans averaged less than 2 inches shorter than their modern British counterparts, and, in a surprising echo of our own age, that many Elizabethan city dwellers relied on carryout meals--albeit because they lacked kitchen facilities. What further sets the book apart is its "hands-on" approach to the past with the inclusion of actual music, games, recipes, and clothing patterns based on primary sources.

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Review: Daily Life in Elizabethan England (The Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History Series)

User Review  - Jennifer - Goodreads

This wasn't the most thrilling book to read, but the information is very comprehensive and written in a very basic, easy-to-understand language (as in, school - aged children could learn from it). Read full review

Review: Daily Life in Elizabethan England (The Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History Series)

User Review  - Dinah - Goodreads

A very concise way to get a broad overview of the period, but intended for a general audience and not precisely cited. Read full review

About the author (2010)

Dr. JEFFREY L. FORGENG is Paul S. Morgan Curator at the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Humanities at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He has published extensively on topics including daily life in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, the Robin Hood legend, and the history of games, as well as medieval and Renaissance martial arts. Forgeng did his doctorate in Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto specializing in medieval and Renaissance languages and cultural history, and was for many years an editor for the Middle English Dictionary.

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