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Christmas in Shakespeare's England

Author: Maria Hubert; William Shakespeare
Publisher: Stroud, Gloucestershire : Sutton Pub., 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This anthology recalls Christmas in Shakespeare's day, when it was an expansive festival, dominated by strict religious observance on the day itself, but including a long season of merrymaking,  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Literary collections
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Maria Hubert; William Shakespeare
ISBN: 0750917199 9780750917193
OCLC Number: 40940666
Notes: Writings by William Shakespeare and others of the period.
Description: 152 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Shakespeare and Christmas - an introduction, Maria Hubert; the Christmas entertainments, William Francis Dawson; tribute by digression, Thomas Hervey; Elizabethan Christmas, Michael Harrison; "Winter" from "Love's Labour's Lost", William Shakespeare; roasted crabs and wassails - with "Carol for the Wassail Bowl" from "Christmas with the Poets", Vitzelly Brothers; "My Lorde of Misserule" from "The Anatomie of Abuses", Philip Stubbs; "Love's Labour's Lost", William Shakespeare with introduction by Maria Hubert; "The Holly Song", William Shakespeare; "To make a dish of snow" from "A Booke of Cookerie"; too good a bonfire - an extract from "Christmas under Queen Elizabeth", Esme Stuart; "The Christmas Feast", Eric Bennett; "A Tale of a Merrie Christmas Caroll" - from "Jests", Pasquil; "Now Thrice Welcome Christmas!", George Wither; "Of Scented Smoaks and Washballs" - an Elizabethan recipe; Shakespeare's "Popish Kingdom" - from a translation of the German by Barnaby Googe; "O Sweetest Night", Myles Pinkney; the order of Christmas - an account of Christmas at the Court of Elizabeth from "Origines Juridiciales", Dugdale; to make buttered oranges - a Christmas dessert recipe; "December" sonnet, William Shakespeare; the order of Christmas continued - from "Origines Judiciales", Dugdale; "The Burning Babe", Father Scott Southwell; olde Father Christmas - from "Christmas under Queen Elizabeth", Esme Stuart; Tamora - from "Titus Andronicus", William Shakespeare; how to make benicryz - adapted from the original recipe, Maria Hubert; Christmas day in the evening - from "Christmas Under Queen Elizabeth", Esme Stuart; mysteries, minstrels & puppets - the street plays of Shakespeare's time with "A Hymn of the Nativity sung by the Shepherds", Richard Crashaw; Shakespeare's Christmas dinner - and Christmas husbandly fare, Thomas Tusser; a receipt for a bean cake - a 16th century recipe for a Twelfth Night cake; on flapdragon - a summary of accounts of the ancient game quoted by Shakespeare; the holy bough and divers customs explained - Christmas customs and practice in Shakespeare's England, Maria Hubert; Shakespearean Christmas gifts - with quotes from "The Winter's Tale" and 17th-century accounts; ceremonies for Christmas - an account in verse of the customs for the 12 days of Christmas; not without mustard - an anecdote at Shakespeare's expence by Ben Jonson, Maria Hubert; a talk for 12th night, Arthur Machen. (part contents)
Responsibility: researched and compiled by Maria Hubert.

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