The Description of England: The Classic Contemporary Account of Tudor Social Life

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Courier Corporation, Jan 1, 1994 - History - 512 pages
Originally written as part of an introduction to Holinshed's Chronicles, this history provides an unparalleled account of life in Shakespeare's England. Its detailed accounts address nearly every aspect of 16th-century life, including food and diet, laws, clothing, crime and punishment, castles, antiquities, animals, languages, inns and thoroughfares, and many other topics.
 

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Contents

Introduction ху
3
Of the Ancient and Present Estate of the Church
11
Of the Number of Bishoprics and Their
41
Counties
82
Of Degrees of People in the Commonwealth
94
of the Same
149
Malefactors
187
Of the Manner of Building and Furniture
195
Of Savage Beasts and Vermins
324
Of Hawks and Ravenous Fowls
330
Of Venomous Beasts
333
Of Our English Dogs and Their Qualities
339
Of Our Saffron and the Dressing Thereof
348
Of Quarries of Stone for Building
356
Of Sundry Minerals
361
Of Metals To Be Had in Our Land 364 1
364

Of Cities and Towns in England
204
Of Castles and Holds
220
Of Palaces Belonging to the Prince
224
Of Armor and Munition
233
Of the Navy of England
239
Of Fairs and Markets
246
Of Parks and Warrens
253
Of Gardens and Orchards
263
Of Waters Generally
271
Of Woods and Marshes
275
Of Baths and Hot Wells
284
Of Antiquities Found
292
Of the Coins of England
297
The Description of England continued
303
Of Cattle Kept for Profit
305
Of Wild and Tame Fowls
314
Of Fish Usually Taken upon Our Coasts
319
Of Precious Stones
371
Of Salt Made in England
375
Of Our Account of Time and Her Parts
379
Of Our Principal Fairs and Markets
391
Of Our Inns and Thoroughfares
397
The Description of Britain excerpts
407
Table of Contents
409
Of Such Falls of Waters as Join with the
410
Of the Languages Spoken in This Island
411
The Description of the Thames and Such Rivers as Fall into the Same in part
418
between Humber and the Thames in part
423
Of the Four Highways Sometime Made in Britain
441
Of the Manner of Measuring the Length
453
Of the Dry Measures of England and Their
459
Index
467
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