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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: From 1485-1649 (Writer...
The Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in Renaissance England: From 1485-1649 (Writer...
Kathy Lynn Emerson
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Fifteenth- and sixteenth-century English life is examined, detailing government, family life, modes of travel, housing, and more

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 hundred... [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 (Oxford Paperback Reference S)
A Dictionary of English Surnames (Oxford Paperback Reference S)
Percy H Reaney
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This comprehensive survey looks at the origins and development of 16,000 English surnames. David Hey's appendix explains how to trace the origins of a name, and discover its current distribution, using sources of information available in the UK.

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.

Dictionary of British Surnames
Dictionary of British Surnames
P. H. Reaney, R. M. Wilson
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This dictionary provides a thorough etymological survey of British surnames, tracing their origins and historical development.

A Dictionary of First Names (Oxford Quick Reference)
A Dictionary of First Names (Oxford Quick Reference)
Patrick Hanks, Hardcastle Kate, Flavia Hodges
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This brand new edition of the fascinating and informative Dictionary of First Names covers over 6,000 names in common use in English, including newly created names and traditional names that have been newly discovered. From Alice to Zanna and Adam to Zola this book will answer all your questions: it will tell you the age, origin, and meaning of the name, as well as how it has fared in terms of popularity, and notes famous bearers (both historical and fictional). It covers alternative spellings, short forms and pet forms, and masculine and feminine forms, as well as help with pronunciation. The edition featured fully updated appendices covering names in other languages, including Scottish, French, German, Italian, Arabic, and Chinese. New to this edition are appendices of Irish and Welsh names, and tables showing the most popular names by year and region.
This is the most comprehensive paperback first names dictionary available. From the traditional to the rare and unconventional, this book will tell you everything you need to know about names.

The Penguin Dictionary of Surnames (Penguin Reference Books)
The Penguin Dictionary of Surnames (Penguin Reference Books)
Basil Cottle
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Explains the meaning and etymology of hundreds of English, Welsh, Scottish, and Irish first names, localities, and nicknames

The Book of Trades (Standebuch) (English and German Edition)
The Book of Trades (Standebuch) (English and German Edition)
Hans Sachs, Jost Amman
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A 1568 German work uses humorous verse to describe more than one hundred woodcuts depicting the activities of spiritual and secular craftsmen


Vocal Warm Ups
Vocal Warm Ups
Klaus Heizmann
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"The human voice is the most sensitive and delicate of all instruments. Only with careful and responsible use over the years can it be kept healthy and strong. Choral voice training and these warm-up exercises can make a valuable and long-lasting contribution to achieving this goal.

Singing Tongue Twisters A-Z
Singing Tongue Twisters A-Z
Brian Kane
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Singing Tongue Twisters A-Z contains 50 fun filled wacky warm-ups to improve pronunciation, vocal range and technique. Perfect for teachers and kids, this fun sing-a-long book contains music tongue twisters of variable difficulty levels, read-a-long worksheets, and a 50 track sing-a-long CD. Singing Tongue Twisters is an excellent warm up tool for choral groups and a fun practice workbook for individual singers. 80 Pages with CD.

Complete Handbook Of Voice Training
Complete Handbook Of Voice Training
Richard Alderson
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This fully illustrated guide is stocked with proven methods for teaching the fundamentals of vocal production, tone, and resonance.


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