Elizabeth's London Everyday Life in Elizabethan London

ISBN-10: 0312325665
ISBN-13: 9780312325664
Edition: N/A
Authors: Liza Picard
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Description: This picture of the London of Queen Elizabeth (1558-1603) is the result of Liza Picard's curiosity about the practical details of daily life that almost every history book ignores. As seen in her two previous, highly acclaimed books-Restoration  More...

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Book details

List price: $23.99
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 6/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

This picture of the London of Queen Elizabeth (1558-1603) is the result of Liza Picard's curiosity about the practical details of daily life that almost every history book ignores. As seen in her two previous, highly acclaimed books-Restoration London and Dr. Johnson's London-she has immersed herself in contemporary sources of every kind. She begins with the River Thames, the lifeblood of Elizabethan London. The city, on the north bank of the river, was still largely confined within old Roman walls. Upriver at Westminster were the royal palaces, and between them and the crowded city the mansions of the great and the good commanded the river frontage. She shows us the interior decor of the rich and the not-so-rich, and what they were likely to be growing in their gardens. Then the Londoners of the time take the stage, in all their amazing finery. Plague, small-pox, and other diseases afflicted them. But food and drink, sex and marriage and family life provided comfort, a good education was always useful, and cares could be forgotten in a playhouse or the bear-baiting rings, or watching a good cockfight. Liza Picard's wonderfully skillful and vivid evocation of the London of four hundred years ago enables us to share the delights, as well as the horrors, of the everyday lives of sixteenth century Britain.

Liza Picard was born in 1927. She read law at the London School of Economics and qualified as a barrister, but did not practise. She worked for many years in the office of the Solicitor of the Inland Revenue and lived in Gray's Inn and Hackney, before retiring to live in Oxford. Restoration London, the result of many years' interest and research into London life, was her first book.

List of illustrations
Preface
Prologue
The Place
The River
The long ferry
The legal quays and up-river
The river's moods
Great occasions
Tilt-boats, wherries and watermen
Flood control
Fishing
The swans
The Main Streets, Water Supply and Sewerage
Southwark
London Bridge
The City gates
To the north
The east/west route via Cheapside
Thames Street
St Paul's/Ludgate/Fleet Street
The City to Westminster
Road surfaces
Transport
Traffic
Water supply
Engineers and quills
Refuse disposal
Public toilets
The Buildings
Timber-frame construction
New stone and brick houses
Survivals
Interiors and Furniture
House moving
Interior walls and wall coverings
Gilt leather and embroidery
Tapestry
Wood panelling
Ceilings and floors
Furniture
Silver
Gardens and Open Spaces
Garden design
The Inns of Court
Livery companies and churchyards
Gardening techniques
Planting plans
Open spaces
The People
Health, Illness and Medicine
Expectation of life
The Bills of Mortality
The Plague
Smallpox and other diseases
Care of the sick
Mental illness
Diagnosis and treatment
Medical theories
The medical establishment
Accidents and emergencies
Foreigners
Blackamoors and lascars
Foreign tourists
Immigrants
The 1593 Return of Strangers
Naturalisation
Tax and other penalties
Social organisation
Clothes and Beauty
Ruffs
Men's dress
Women's dress
Children
Colours, fabrics and decoration
Underwear and nightwear
Shoes and headgear
Accessories
Furs and jewels
Washing, etc.
Cosmetics
Teeth
Food and Drink
The markets
Other food shops
Street sellers
Fish-days
Cooking and recipes
Meals
Table manners
Drink
Eating out
Sex, Marriage, Family Life and Death
Sex outside marriage
Marriage
Servants
Childbirth
Childhood and manners
Death and funerals
Education
The first years
Figures
Schools
Christ's Hospital
Apprenticeship
The Inns of Court
Further education
Private tuition and the foreign tour
Amusements
Home entertainment
Free shows
Bear baiting, bull baiting and cock fighting
Theatre-going
Sport
The lottery
Inns and taverns
Recreational drugs
Networks and Boxes
The livery companies
Parishes
Wards
Servitors and retainers
Crime, Punishment and the Law
The underworld
Criminal law enforcement
Minor offences
More serious punishments
The civil law
Statutes, proclamations and the Custom of London
The Poor
The welfare system
Emergencies and single payments
Begging licences
Private charities
The sick poor
Religion, Supersition, Witchcraft and Magic
The Elizabethan religious settlement
Dissidents
Continuity
The sermons at Paul's Cross
Superstition
Witchcraft and magic
Epilogue
Words and Pronunciation
Currency, Wages and Prices
An Elizabethan Invoice
Notes
Index

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