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Elizabeth's London: Everyday Life in Elizabethan London

Liza Picard

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Life of London, London, Greater London, Prose: non-fiction, History, British & Irish history, Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700, Social & cultural history

The everyday realities and practical details of daily life in Elizabethan London, which most history books ignore - a Sunday Times bestseller.

Like its acclaimed predecessors, RESTORATION LONDON and DR. JOHNSON'S LONDON, this book is the result of the author's passionate interest in the practical details of everyday life - and the conditions in which most people lived - so often ignored in conventional history books.

The book begins with the River Thames, which - from its surly water-men, to its great occasions - played such a central part in the city's life.

It then moves on to the streets, houses and gardens; cooking, housework and shopping; clothes, jewellery and make-up; health and medicine; sex and food; education, etiquette and hobbies; religion, law and crime.

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Praise for Elizabeth's London: Everyday Life in Elizabethan London

  • this is a book for ducking and weaving through.... this makes satisfying toilet reading - especially the bits about how private loos in the age of Shakespeare were even nastier than our nastiest public loos today. - THE DAILY TELEGRAPH - Christopher Bray

  • Liza Picard brilliantly captures the spirit of the age. - EXPRESS

  • ELIZABETH'S LONDON is satisfyingly rich and substantial. - AROUND THE GLOBE - Daniel Hahn

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Liza Picard

Liza Picard was born in 1927. She worked for the Inland Revenue for many years and lived in London, before retiring to Oxford where she now lives.

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