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A Compendium of Common Knowledge, 1558-1603: Elizabethan Commonplaces for Writers...
A Compendium of Common Knowledge, 1558-1603: Elizabethan Commonplaces for Writers...
Maggie Secara
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The Compendium of Common Knowedge (1558-1603) offers insight into ordinary lives-both common and noble-in the England of Queen Elizabeth I and Shakespeare. In this little book you'll find notes on Elizabethan food, occupations, games, and pastimes, also religion, manners, attitudes, and education-the little details that make up daily life, that everyone knows without thinking. The Compendium, used on-line by Renaissance fairs and schools all over the world, provides a unique reference for writers, students, actors, re-enactors, and Elizabethan enthusiasts of all kinds.

The Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in Renaissance England (Writer's Guides to Everyday...
The Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in Renaissance England (Writer's Guides to Everyday...
Kathy Lynn Emerson
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Writers will save hours of valuable research time and bring a richness and historical accuracy to their work as they reference the slice-of-life facts depicted for each of these major time periods. Each book contains descriptions of the period's food and clothes; customs and slang; occupations; common religious and political practices; and other historical details.

Elizabeth's London: Everyday Life in Elizabethan London
Elizabeth's London: Everyday Life in Elizabethan London
Liza Picard
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This picture of the London of Queen Elizabeth (1558-1603) is the result of Liza Picard's curiosity about the practical details of daily life that almost every history book ignores. As seen in her two previous, highly acclaimed books-Restoration London and Dr. Johnson's London-she has immersed herself in contemporary sources of every kind. She begins with the River Thames, the lifeblood of Elizabethan London. The city, on the north bank of the river, was still largely confined within old Roman walls. Upriver at Westminster were the royal palaces, and between them and the crowded city the mansions of the great and the good commanded the river frontage. She shows us the interior décor of the rich and the not-so-rich, and what they were likely to be growing in their gardens. Then the Londoners of the time take the stage, in all their amazing finery. Plague, small-pox, and other diseases afflicted them. But food and drink, sex and marriage and family life provided comfort, a good education was always useful, and cares could be forgotten in a playhouse or the bear-baiting rings, or watching a good cockfight. Liza Picard's wonderfully skillful and vivid evocation of the London of four... [more]

Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre
Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre
Keith Johnstone
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First published in 1987. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Art of Play: The New Genre of Interactive Theatre
The Art of Play: The New Genre of Interactive Theatre
Gary Izzo
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Students of drama and the performing arts, teachers, and theatre and media professionals will find the practicality of this book invaluable.

175 Theatre Games: Warm-up exercises for Actors
175 Theatre Games: Warm-up exercises for Actors
Nancy Hurley
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When students arrive for a theatre class, they appreciate a game or exercise that will loosen them up and activate their right brain - the artistic side. A good warm-up gives class members the opportunity to tune in to their creative natures and readies them for the adventures ahead. The games and exercises in this book are designed to be used as warm-ups at the beginning of a theatre class period. They are organized into sections that focus on one of 12 specific skills cooperation, focus, improvisation, listening, stage movement, voice, and several more. The games were originally created for middle school students but can easily be adapted for use with younger children, older teens, and even adults. Each game involves most, if not all, the students in a class, has simple easy-to-implement directions, offers a practical benefit, and most importantly, is fun for your students.

The Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names (Oxford Quick Reference)
The Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names (Oxford Quick Reference)
Elizabeth G. Withycombe
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This classic dictionary lists, alphabetically, personal names from Aaron to Zoë that have been in use since the end of the fourteenth century.

A Dictionary of English Surnames. by P.H. Reaney (Oxford Quick Reference)
A Dictionary of English Surnames. by P.H. Reaney (Oxford Quick Reference)
Percy H. Reaney
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Did you know that Batts, may have had stout ancestors? That Dennes could be descended from swineherds? That Herons might come from thin men with long legs? How much do you know about the origin of your own surname? This fascinating dictionary covers the origin and meaning of over 16,000 surnames, giving detailed information on early name-forms and how names have changed over the centuries. Alternative forms of names are cross-referenced to make it easy to find variants. Popular names such as Brown, Clark and Smith are all covered, alongside rarer names from Clapper to Cutterbuck, Stocking to Twitchen. An authoritative introduction sets in context the popular topic of name-studies, and guides the reader through the history of English surnames. The dictionary also includes an appendix in which the distinguished family historian, Professor David Hey (author of the Oxford Companion to Local and Family History) gives advice on how to locate the home of a family name. He explains, with examples, how to discover the current distribution of a name in the UK, and how to trace its origins. Quirky and interesting, informative and accessible, this is an excellent guide for anyone with an interest... [more]

Surnames of Ireland
Surnames of Ireland
Edward MacLysaght
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Ireland was one of the earliest countries to evolve a system of hereditary surnames. More than 4,000 Gaelic, Norman and Anglo-Irish surnames are listed in this book, giving a wealth of information on the background and location of Irish families. Edward MacLysaght was a leading authority on Irish names and family history. He served as Chief Herald and Genealogical Officer of the Irish Office of Arms. He was also Keeper of Manuscripts of the National Library of Ireland and was Chairman of the Manuscripts Commission. This book, which was first published in 1957 and now is in its sixth edition, is being reprinted for the fourth time and remains the definitive record of Irish surnames, their genealogy and their origins.



The Penguin Dictionary of Surnames (Penguin Reference Books)
The Penguin Dictionary of Surnames (Penguin Reference Books)
Basil Cottle
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An analysis of English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish surnames, including the 100 most common in the United Kingdom, the British Commonwealth and the United States. As well as those that are rare, meanings are given, along with the language stock from which names derive and, wherever possible, their present distribution. Entries are assigned to the four broad classes of surnames: first-names; localities, occupations, nicknames.

The Book of Trades (Standebuch)
The Book of Trades (Standebuch)
Hans Sachs, Jost Amman
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Reprint of a renaissance text on trade and labor. A very good softcover copy. Light wear. Tight binding. Clean, unmarked pages. NOT ex-library. Indexed. 127pgs. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Renaissance; ISBN: 048622886X. ISBN/EAN: 9780486228860. Inventory No: 015591.






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