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This is an intriguing and fascinating collection of excerpts from some of the best, wittiest and most unusual sixteenth and seventeenth century writing. Shakespeare's England brings to life the variety, the energy and the harsh reality of England at this time. Providing a fascinating picture of the age, it includes extracts from a wide range of writing, taken from books, plays, poems, letters, diaries and pamphlets by and about Shakespeare's contemporaries. These include William Harrison and Fynes Moryson (providing descriptions of England), Nicholas Breton (on country life), Isabella Whitney and Thomas Dekker (on London life), Nashe (on struggling women writers), Stubbes (with a Puritan view of Elizabethan enjoyments), Harsnet and Burton (on witches and spirits), John Donne (meditations on prayer and death), King James I (on tobacco) and Shakespeare himself.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750932110
ISBN-10: 0750932112
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 25mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 24-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Ron Pritchard

R.E.Pritchard was formerly a lecturer in English at Keele University. He has also edited Poetry by English Women, The Sidney Psalms, Lady Mary Wroth and Dickens's England.