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How to Behave Badly in Renaissance Britain, Paperback / softback Book

How to Behave Badly in Renaissance Britain Paperback / softback

Edited by Gabriella (Editor) Nemeth


From royalty to peasantry, every age has its bad eggs, those who break all the rules and rub everyone up the wrong way.

But their niggling, anti-social and irritating ways not only tell us about what upset people, but also what mattered to them, how their society functioned and what kind of world they lived in.

In this brilliantly nitty-gritty exploration of real life in the Tudor and Stuart age, you will discover:- how to choose the perfect insult, whether it be draggletail, varlet, flap, saucy fellow strumpet, ninny-hammer or stinkard- why quoting Shakespeare was very poor form - why flashing the inside of your hat could repulse someone- the best way to mock accents, preachers, soldiers and pretty much everything else besides Ruth Goodman draws upon advice books and manuals, court cases and sermons, drama and imagery to outline bad behaviour from the gauche to the galling, the subtle to the outrageous.

It is a celebration of drunkards, scolds, harridans and cross dressers in a time when calling a man a fool could get someone killed, and cursing wasn't just rude, it worked!'Ruth is the queen of living history - long may she reign!' Lucy Worsley


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 368 pages, black and white illustrations throughout
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books Ltd
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  • Category: Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
  • ISBN: 9781789292664

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