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How To Be a Tudor

How To Be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Tudor Life by Ruth Goodman

Details of life in Tudor England. The "progress of the day" has some things shoehorned in in loosely suitable times because they were not a daily sort of thing.

Covering such things as cloths and sumptuary laws. Dyes and imported fabric. How small children had to doff their hats or curtsey to their superiors, which, because of their youth, meant many people who were their parents' inferiors. The sorts of grain that made bread -- manchet, the finest, was for special days even among the rich, and we find it rather more chewy and tough than normal, and others, such as growing rye and wheat together and just making the bread from the grain. The vast importance and frequency of plowing. The dairy work. Making ale, and alewives selling it. Ready-made foods -- there were shops open twenty-four hours in London for food. And more details.

Obviously a high-level overview
Tags: history reviews: 15th-18th centuries

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