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A selection of the very best, wittiest and most original excerpts from sixteenth- and 17th-century writing. "Shakespeare's England" brings to lifestyles the range, the strength and the cruel fact of britain at the moment. offering a portrait of the age, it contains extracts from a wide selection of writers, taken from books, performs, poems, letters, diaries and pamphlets by way of and approximately Shakespeare's contemporaries. those comprise William Harrison and Fynes Moryson (providing descriptions of England), Nicholas Breton (on nation life), Isabella Whitney and Thomas Dekker (on London life), Nashe (on suffering writers), Stubbes (with a Puritan view of Elizabethan enjoyments), Harsnet and Burton (on witches and spirits), John Donne (meditations on prayer and death), King James I (on tobacco) and Shakespeare himself.

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