The Description of England
The Classic Contemporary Account of Tudor Social Life
Originally written as part of an introduction to Holinshed's Chronicles, The Description of England provides an unparalleled account of life in Shakespeare's England. A cleric and historian, William Harrison (1535-1593) compiled detailed accounts of nearly every aspect of English life: food and diet, laws, clothing, punishments for criminals, castles and palaces, atinquities, metals and minerals, dogs, fish, cattle, languages, inns and thoroughfares, rivers, the appearance of the people and much more.
This Dover edition, first published in 1994, is an unabridged republication of the edition published for the Folger Shakespeare Library by the Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York in 1968 as part of the series, Folger Documents of Stuart and Tudor Civilization. The editor has added a new Preface to this edition. The Dover edition is published by special arrangement with the Folger Shakespeare Library.
William Harrison, 1994, Paperback, 560 Pages. ISBN-13: 978-0-486-28275-6.