How to Behave Badly in Elizabethan England

How to Behave Badly in Elizabethan England

A Guide for Knaves, Fools, Harlots, Cuckolds, Drunkards, Liars, Thieves, and Braggarts

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Every age and social strata has its bad eggs, rule-breakers, and nose-thumbers. As acclaimed popular historian and author of How to Be a Victorian Ruth Goodman shows in her madcap chronicle, Elizabethan England was particularly rank with troublemakers, from snooty needlers who took aim with a cutting “thee,” to lowbrow drunkards with revolting table manners. Goodman draws on advice manuals, court cases, and sermons to offer this colorfully crude portrait of offenses most foul. Mischievous readers will delight in learning how to time your impressions for the biggest laugh, why quoting Shakespeare was poor form, and why curses hurled at women were almost always about sex (and why we shouldn’t be surprised). Bringing her signature “exhilarating and contagious” enthusiasm (Boston Globe), this is a celebration of one of history’s naughtiest periods, when derision was an art form.
Offensive language, insolent behavior,slights, brawls, and scandals come alive inRuth Goodman’s uproarious history.

Baker & Taylor
Drawing from period-specific advice manuals, court cases, and sermons the author of How to be a Victorian celebrates one of the naughtiest eras of British history through the troublemakers, drunkards, snooty needlers and boors present in Elizabethan England.

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Goodman, an author and historian of British life, draws on advice manuals, court cases, sermons, and other resources to describe bad behavior and how people broke social rules and mores in Elizabethan England, specifically in terms of offensive speech and gestures, mockery, violence, disgusting habits, and bodily rules and taboos, and what they reveal about society at the time. Annotation ©2019 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Draws on advice manuals, court cases, and sermons to illustrate the social mores of the Elizabethan Era.

Publisher: New York :, Liveright Publishing Corporation, A Division of W.W. Norton & Company,, 2018
Edition: First American edition
Description: 314 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9781631495113
Branch Call Number: 942.055 Goo


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