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How to Behave Badly in Elizabethan England

Ruth Goodman
# UQ7652 Hardcover, 314 pages; 2018
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Bad behaviour can be so much more illuminating than the world of the respectable conformist, for it is those who push against the boundaries of cultural etiquette who most accurately define where the lines are drawn.

If your interest in English history, culture, and language isn't deterred by a good bit of bawdiness—and if you're curious to know more about how Elizabethans other than the queen and William Shakespeare lived—then you're ready to learn How to Behave Badly in Elizabethan England. In this illuminating "guide for knaves, fools, harlots, cuckolds, drunkards, liars, thieves, and braggarts," historian Ruth Goodman guides readers into the barrooms, back alleys, and bedrooms of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England to examine how nonconformists prone to "bad behavior" reflected and influenced politics, linguistics, gender issues, even personal hygiene habits we still practice today. How fascinating! (KG)
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