- Taschenbuch: 193 Seiten
- Verlag: Popinjay Pr; Auflage: New. (10. Juni 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0981840108
- ISBN-13: 978-0981840109
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 1,1 x 22,9 cm
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A Compendium of Common Knowledge 1558-1603 (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 10. Juni 2008
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The Compendium of Common Knowedge (1558-1603) offers insight into ordinary lives-both common and noble-in the England of Queen Elizabeth I and Shakespeare. In this little book you'll find notes on Elizabethan food, occupations, games, and pastimes, also religion, manners, attitudes, and education-the little details that make up daily life, that everyone knows without thinking. The Compendium, used on-line by Renaissance fairs and schools all over the world, provides a unique reference for writers, students, actors, re-enactors, and Elizabethan enthusiasts of all kinds.
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This is an invaluable resource to the writer in the Elizabethan era.
The author doesn't pretend to be giving an authoritative or exhaustive history of Tudor England, but neither does she pretend that the "Tudor era" is an all-encompassing entity. What was slang or customary in Ireland didn't work the same way in, say, London, and she makes that very clear. She doesn't cite her sources for absolutely everything, either, but instead gives a few main source books for each section. Much like a stage costumer's sewing guide doesn't replace actual textile histories, this book makes learning flavor slang easier but won't substitute for actually learning the era's fascinating history. By the time you're finished studying this book, you'll have a good idea of how to talk and act at the next SCA event or Renfaire, or else how to give the impression you know what you're talking about in your writing. It covers from soup to nuts, with extensive attention given to religious customs and occupations. Appendices at the end include extras like a list of questions that readers can answer to help develop their characters.
You could get these details from a few dozen history books, yes, but what the author's done here is assemble them all in one place. I do think it was a little disorganized-seeming, as well as a bit short in some sections that I'd have loved to have seen be larger. It also maintains a narrow focus on the British Isles. But overall this book achieves its goals. It is definitely recommended for those seeking to learn how to add flavor to an English/Irish/Scottish (or "Scotch," as the book recommends) persona. Younger readers will likely find the book especially fascinating as I don't think they get exposed to much stuff like this in their schooling.