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How to Behave Badly in Elizabethan England

A Guide for Knaves, Fools, Harlots, Cuckolds, Drunkards, Liars, Thieves, and Braggarts
Narrated by: Jennifer M. Dixon
Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
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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 reveals 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 listeners 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.

©2018 Ruth Goodman (P)2019 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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I learned a lot about cultural norms..even today's

I really enjoyed this book. Ruth Goodman is one of my favorite historians. This book covers cultural norms from Henry the 7th's reign until Charles the Second's reign. The British title of this book, "How To Behave Badly in Renaissance Britian", is a more accurate title for what is inside. One of the most interesting facts to me was about how little it took for women to be considered a cross dresser. It also explained why, even now in the 21st Century, we are so obsessed with degrading women in a sexual manner and why the worst thing you could do was call a woman a whore. You would think after 600 years we could move past this already. Definitely read this book!

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