Life in Elizabethan England

A Compendium of Common Knowledge

Written and edited by Maggie Secara

11th Edition
Spring 2011
Newly expanded
incorporating all previous editions & appendices

Designed for the World Wide Web
by Paula Kate Marmor

Elizabetha Regina



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Preface: Short Attention Span History
Philosophical Introduction
Services and Occupations
Numbers & Measures, Dates & Clocks
Money and Coinage
Language: Thee and Thou
Betrothal & Wedding
Love & Marriage
Comparative Religion: The Catholics
Comparative Religion: The Church of England
Titles and Forms of Address
Masters & Servants
Patronage: Retinue, Companions, & Livery
Greasing the Wheels
More Services and Occupations
Domestic Details
Of Bread and Wine
More Language: Mishandled Words
More Religion
Precedence, Preferment, & Attainder
Ranks & Files
The Senior Peers of England
The Noble Style
Honor and Dueling
The City of London
More Comparative Religion: Puritans etc.
Still More Language
Household Management
Science and Health (without key to the scriptures)
Mary Queen of Scots: an incredibly brief account
Shopping in London
A Fashionable Vocabulary: Clothing and Fabrics
Forms of Address for Non-Nobles
What We Eat
Spain, France, Germany, Italy, & other despicable places
Children & Childhood
Heirs & Inheritance
Naming the Baby
The Queen's Suitors: The Short List
The Royal Sweepstakes
Filling the Time
Food & Your Life Style
More of What We Eat
Snack Foods
More Things To Do
Still More Things To Do
Paying the Servants
Staffing a Great Household
Proverbs & Wise Sayings
What Every Schoolboy Knows
Classical References
Letter Writing
Random Bits & Pieces
More Fashionable Vocabulary
Virtue and Vice, or vice versa
A Classical Education
Dinner at Cowdray House, 1595
More Wedding Customs
Keeping Christmas
More Measures
To Set a Fine Table
The Steward and His Office
In My Lady's Chamber
At the Sideboard: A Jack and a Gill
The Steward in Matters Domestical
The Oath of a Privy Councillor, 1570
The Great House
Gardens in Season
The Hunt is Up
Gifts at the New Year
Good English Ale
The Marriage Ring
More Christmas Revels
A London & Westminster Directory
Language: Some Random Vocabulary
Ladies of Honour
The Treaty of Edinburgh
Funerals and Mourning
More Language: Heard in the Wild
Music by the Book
Some Workmen's Wages in 1558
Now Merrily to Horse
A Midwife's Oath 1567
A Cry of Hounds
New for 2011:
A Queen's Childhood
God Save the Queen

Appendices, Flourishes, & Grace Notes

The Tudor Succession
Maps & Plans
About the Author & Designer
Designer's Notes
Related Sites
Renaissance: The Elizabethan World Home Page

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