Daily Life in Elizabethan England by Jeffrey L. Singman

By Jeffrey L. Singman

Students, lecturers, and readers will locate during this source a brilliant and intimate account of existence within the Elizabethan age. the 1st ebook on Elizabethan England to upward thrust out of the residing historical past circulate, it combines a different hands-on procedure with the easiest of present study. geared up for simple reference, it really is enlivened with how-to sections—recipes, garments styles, songs and video games, all amassed from unique assets. This hands-on process recreates the everyday life of standard humans, not only the aristocracy, and systematically covers the main easy evidence of existence in a easily obtainable layout. in actual fact illustrated with ninety four drawings, styles, and diagrams, it presents a treasure trove of data for lecture room and library use and for these drawn to recreating Elizabethan life.

The paintings is geared up into sections at the constitution of Elizabethan society, the process lifestyles (birth, early life, schooling, marriage, outdated age, and death), the cycles of time (daily, weekly, and every year schedules, together with a calendar of the Elizabethan year), the residing setting (houses, villages, cities, and travel), garments (including guideline for making whole Elizabethan female and male outfits), nutrients (featuring a range of recipes), and leisure (songs with sheet track and guide for actual video games and dances). A chronology of Tudor England, a thesaurus, appendices with info and ideas on organizing Elizabethan feasts and festivals, and lists of advised readings, movies, and recordings entire the paintings. this can be an vital source for study rooms and faculty and public libraries since it supplies readers a real knowing of what it'd be prefer to stay in 16th-century England.

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Some French names had been imported more recently, such as Francis for boys, and Joyce, Florence, and Frances for girls. Also popular were the names of saints. Among boys, some of the most common saints' names were (roughly in descending order of popularity) John, Thomas, James, and George. Less common were Peter, Anthony, Lawrence, Valentine, Nicholas, Christopher, Andrew, Giles, Maurice, Gervase, Bernard, Leonard, and Ambrose. Female saints' names included (again in descending order) Catherine, Elizabeth, Anne, Agnes, Margaret (with its variant, Margery), Lucy, Barbara, and Cecily.

The typical Elizabethan coin bore the image of the Queen on one side and the royal coat-of-arms and a cross on the other. Its actual value was linked to the value of the gold or silver in it and was therefore susceptible to fluctuations in the prices of gold and silver, as well as to changes in the purity of the coins. Some denominations were only "moneys of account," used only for reckoning, and did not actually exist as currency. Such were the mark and the pound, large denominations that served to simplify the task of dealing with large sums of money.

A more realistic idea of the value of these moneys can be obtained by comparing them with wages and incomes. Wages might be paid by the day, week, or year; the longer the term, the more likely that the wages included food and drink as well. In some cases (especially for apprentices) lodging was also part of the deal. Wages were regulated by law, although the theory was not always put into practice. 4). Purchasing was much less straightforward than it is today. Measurements were not always uniform throughout the country, and a variety of systems were in use: for example, woolen cloth was purchased by the yard, but linen by the ell (45").

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