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How To Behave Badly In Renaissance Britain

Author : Ruth Goodman
ISBN : 9781782438526
Genre : History
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Historian and popular BBC TV presenter Ruth Goodman, author of How to Be a Tudor, offers up a history of Renaissance Britain - the offensive language, insulting gestures, insolent behaviour, brawling and scandal of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries - with practical tips on just how to horrify the Tudor neighbours. From royalty to peasantry, every age has its bad eggs, those who break all the rules and rub everyone up the wrong way. But their niggling, anti-social and irritating ways not only tell us about what upset people, but also what mattered to them, how their society functioned and what kind of world they lived in. In this brilliantly nitty-gritty exploration of real life in the Tudor and Stuart age, you will discover: - how to choose the perfect insult, whether it be draggletail, varlet, flap, saucy fellow, strumpet, ninny-hammer or stinkard - why quoting Shakespeare was very poor form - the politics behind men kissing each other on the lips - why flashing the inside of your hat could repulse someone - the best way to mock accents, preachers, soldiers and pretty much everything else besides Ruth Goodman draws upon advice books and manuals, court cases and sermons, drama and imagery to outline bad behaviour from the gauche to the galling, the subtle to the outrageous. It is a celebration of drunkards, scolds, harridans and cross dressers in a time when calling a man a fool could get someone killed, and cursing wasn't just rude, it worked! 'Ruth is the queen of living history - long may she reign!' Lucy Worsley
Category: History

How To Behave Badly In Elizabethan England A Guide For Knaves Fools Harlots Cuckolds Drunkards Liars Thieves And Braggarts

Author : Ruth Goodman
ISBN : 9781631495120
Genre : History
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Offensive language, insolent behavior, slights, brawls, and scandals come alive in Ruth Goodman’s uproarious history. Every age and social strata has its bad eggs, rule-breakers, and nose-thumbers. As acclaimed popular historian and author of How to Be a Victorian Ruth Goodman shows in her madcap chronicle, Elizabethan England was particularly rank with troublemakers, from snooty needlers who took aim with a cutting “thee,” to lowbrow drunkards with revolting table manners. Goodman draws on advice manuals, court cases, and sermons to offer this colorfully crude portrait of offenses most foul. Mischievous readers will delight in learning how to time your impressions for the biggest laugh, why quoting Shakespeare was poor form, and why curses hurled at women were almost always about sex (and why we shouldn’t be surprised). Bringing her signature “exhilarating and contagious” enthusiasm (Boston Globe), this is a celebration of one of history’s naughtiest periods, when derision was an art form.
Category: History

The Domestic Revolution

Author : Ruth Goodman
ISBN : 9781782438533
Genre : History
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'Ruth is the queen of living history - long may she reign.' Lucy Worsley A large black cast iron range glowing hot, the kettle steaming on top, provider of everything from bath water and clean socks to morning tea: it's a nostalgic icon of a Victorian way of life. But it is far more than that. In this book, social historian and TV presenter Ruth Goodman tells the story of how the development of the coal-fired domestic range fundamentally changed not just our domestic comforts, but our world. The revolution began as far back as the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, when London began the switch from wood to coal as its domestic fuel - a full 200 years before any other city. It would be this domestic demand for more coal that would lead to the expansion of mining, engineering, construction and industry: the Domestic Revolution kick-started, pushed and fuelled the Industrial Revolution. There were other radical shifts. Coal cooking was to change not just how we cooked but what we cooked (causing major swings in diet), how we washed (first our laundry and then our bodies) and how we decorated (spurring the wallpaper industry). It also defined the nature of women's and men's working lives, pushing women more firmly into the domestic sphere. It transformed our landscape and environment (by the time of Elizabeth's death in 1603, London's air was as polluted as that of modern Beijing). Even tea drinking can be brought back to coal in the home, with all its ramifications for the shape of the empire and modern world economics. Taken together, these shifts in our day-to-day practices started something big, something unprecedented, something that was exported across the globe and helped create the world we live in today.
Category: History


Author : Phil Thornton
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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DAILY RECORD 'The rise of the casual is revealed!' THE WORD 'Thornton's intricate study and compilation of eye witness accounts is the new standard bearer.' WHEN SATURDAY COMES 'An essential read for all purveyors of terrace culture.' First came the Teds, then the Mods, Rockers, Hippies, Skinheads, Suedeheads and Punks. But by the late Seventies, a new youth fashion had appeared in Britain. Its adherents were often linked to violent football gangs, wore designer sportswear and made the bootboys of previous years look like the dinosaurs they were. They were known as scallies, Perry Boys, trendies and dressers. But the name that stuck was Casuals. And this grassroots phenomenon, largely ignored by the media, was to change the face of both British fashion and international style. CASUALS recounts how the working-class fascination with sharp dressing and sartorial one-upmanship crystallised the often bitter rivalries of the hooligan gangs and how their culture spread across the terraces, clubs and beyond. It is the definitive book for football, music and fashion obsessives alike.
Category: Sports & Recreation

The Fortnightly

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Medieval And Renaissance Drama In England

Author : S. P. Cerasano
ISBN : 9780838643976
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England is an international volume published annually
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Britain S Economic Renaissance

Author : Alan Arthur Walters
ISBN : UOM:39015011378158
Genre : Fiscal policy
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As the recession in Britain intensified in 1980/81, Margaret Thatcher, despite the dictates of contemporary economic doctrine, did not increase the fiscal deficit in order to "increase aggregate demand". Instead, she did just the opposite, hoping to restore confidence to the market and credibility to government policy. In this analysis of her policy, the Prime Minister's personal economic advisor, the First Lord of the Treasury, argues that the course of Britain's recovery since mid-1981 is evidence of the success of Thatcher's policy. In non-technical language he explains how this policy worked to bring about a steady decline in the fiscal deficit and monetary aggregate and how, within this stable financial framework, output grew steadily, productivity advanced rapidly, and inflation was reduced to 5%. Finally, the book reviews the effects Thatcher's policies have had on international trade, on employment, and on industrial management and relations.
Category: Fiscal policy

Language And Images Of Renaissance Italy

Author : Alison Brown
ISBN : UOM:39015069374513
Genre : History
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The Italian Renaissance has traditionally been regarded as a critical turning point in the history of Europe, the vital stepping stone between the Age of Faith and the Age of Reason. This classical view of the Renaissance as the birth of individualism and modernity, as formulated by the famous Swiss historian Jacob Burckhardt, is challenged and reassessed in this intriguing and diverse group of essays. Leading scholars from different disciplines use a variety of approaches - textual and literary criticism, social anthropology, and gender studies - to re-evaluate the period as a whole. The book is divided into three sections, which discuss the model of death and rebirth and its political function; the social context of revival in terms of corporate and individual patronage; and the renaissance body as a political metaphor and social gesture. What emerges is an account of a mixed and lively culture which avoids the old generalizations and gives a fresh view of this most creative and fascinating period of European history.
Category: History