Elizabeth's London

Everyday Life in Elizabethan London

Liza Picard

St. Martin's Griffin

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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 décor 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.

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Liza Picard

LIZA PICARD was born in Essex in 1927.She is the author of Restoration London and Dr.Johnson's London.

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Elizabeth's London
Everyday Life in Elizabethan London
Liza Picard

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
June 2005
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312325664
ISBN10: 0312325665
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 368 pages, Includes sixteen pages of black-and-white photographs
$21.99

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St. Martin's Press
January 2014
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466863460
ISBN10: 1466863463
368 pages, Includes sixteen pages of black-and-white photographs
$9.99
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