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Elizabethan England From 'A Description of England,' by William Harrison   By:

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The Camelot Series.

EDITED BY ERNEST RHYS.

ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND.

ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND: FROM "A DESCRIPTION OF ENGLAND," BY WILLIAM HARRISON (IN "HOLINSHED'S CHRONICLES"). EDITED BY LOTHROP WITHINGTON, WITH INTRODUCTION BY F. J. FURNIVALL, LL.D.

LONDON:

WALTER SCOTT, 24 WARWICK LANE,

PATERNOSTER ROW.

CONTENTS.

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CHAPTER I.

OF DEGREES OF PEOPLE IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF ENGLAND 1

CHAPTER II.

OF CITIES AND TOWNS IN ENGLAND 17

CHAPTER III.

OF GARDENS AND ORCHARDS 24

CHAPTER IV.

OF FAIRS AND MARKETS 34

CHAPTER V.

OF THE LAWS OF ENGLAND SINCE HER FIRST INHABITATION 43

CHAPTER VI.

OF THE ANCIENT AND PRESENT ESTATE OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND 56

CHAPTER VII.

OF THE FOOD AND DIET OF THE ENGLISH 84

CHAPTER VIII.

OF OUR APPAREL AND ATTIRE 107

CHAPTER IX.

OF THE MANNER OF BUILDING AND FURNITURE OF OUR HOUSES 113

CHAPTER X.

OF PROVISION MADE FOR THE POOR 122

CHAPTER XI.

OF THE AIR AND SOIL AND COMMODITIES OF THIS ISLAND 130

CHAPTER XII.

OF SUNDRY MINERALS AND METALS 143

CHAPTER XIII.

OF CATTLE KEPT FOR PROFIT 151

CHAPTER XIV.

OF WILD AND TAME FOWLS 161

CHAPTER XV.

OF SAVAGE BEASTS AND VERMIN 169

CHAPTER XVI.

OF OUR ENGLISH DOGS AND THEIR QUALITIES 179

CHAPTER XVII.

OF FISH USUALLY TAKEN UPON OUR COASTS 186

CHAPTER XVIII.

OF QUARRIES OF STONE FOR BUILDING 191

CHAPTER XIX.

OF WOODS AND MARSHES 196

CHAPTER XX.

OF PARKS AND WARRENS 206

CHAPTER XXI.

OF PALACES BELONGING TO THE PRINCE 215

CHAPTER XXII.

OF ARMOUR AND MUNITION 223

CHAPTER XXIII.

OF THE NAVY OF ENGLAND 229

CHAPTER XXIV.

OF SUNDRY KINDS OF PUNISHMENT APPOINTED FOR OFFENDERS 237

CHAPTER XXV.

OF UNIVERSITIES 248

APPENDIX

A. HOLINSHED'S DEDICATION 263

B. AN ELIZABETHAN SURVEY OF ENGLAND 265

C. SOMEBODY'S QUARREL WITH HARRISON 266

D. HARRISON'S CHRONOLOGY 266

"FOREWORDS."[1]

I am unwilling to send out this Harrison , the friend of some twenty years' standing, without a few words of introduction to those readers who don't know it. The book is full of interest, not only to every Shakspere student, but to every reader of English history, every man who has the least care for his forefathers' lives. Though it does contain sheets of padding now and then, yet the writer's racy phrases are continually turning up, and giving flavour to his descriptions, while he sets before us the very England of Shakspere's day. From its Parliament and Universities, to its beggars and its rogues; from its castles to its huts, its horses to its hens; from how the state was managd, to how Mrs. Wm. Harrison (and no doubt Mrs. William Shakspere) brewd her beer; all is there. The book is a deliberately drawn picture of Elizabethan England; and nothing could have kept it from being often reprinted and a thousand times more widely known than it is, except the long and dull historical and topographical Book I.[2] The Description of Britaine set before the interesting account in Books II. and III., of the England under Harrison's eyes in 1577 87.

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