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From the Earliest Times to the Death of Shakespeare


  • Date Published: May 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108048187

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  • Sir Sidney Lee (1859–1926) was a lifelong scholar and enthusiast of Shakespeare, but is also remembered as the 'sub-editor' recruited by Sir Leslie Stephen when he was embarking on the project of the Dictionary of National Biography, and whose editorial and organisational skills were vital in keeping the publication programme close to its planned schedule. His own contributions to the Dictionary included an account of the life of Queen Victoria and (in Volume 51, 1897) William Shakespeare. This study of Stratford-on-Avon was first published in 1885, and the greatly enlarged version, reissued here, in 1890. (In 1898 Lee produced his biography of Shakespeare (also reissued in this series), regarded for much of the twentieth century as the most reliable account of Shakespeare's life.) This illustrated work draws on the archival material then available to provide a history of the town of Stratford up to the time of Shakespeare's death.

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    • Date Published: May 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108048187
    • length: 322 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 45 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The origin of the town, and its relations with the see of Worcester
    2. Agricultural life
    3. Mediaeval trade, markets, and fairs
    4. John, Robert, and Ralph of Stratford
    5. The Church of the Holy Trinity
    6. The Guild
    7. Sir Hugh Clopton's benefactions
    8. The Reformation at Stratford
    9. The growth of self-government
    10. John Shakespeare in municipal office and in trade
    11. The Stratford industries and population
    12. John Shakespeare's first settlement in Stratford - the streets
    13. The construction and furniture of the houses - the gardens
    14. The sanitary conditions of the town
    15. Plagues, fires, floods, and famines
    16. Domestic and school discipline
    17. The occupations of Stratford lads
    18. The players at Stratford
    19. Rural sports
    20. Charlecote House - poaching in the park
    21. Indoor amusements
    22. Christenings and marriage
    23. Shakespeare at Stratford in later life
    24. The Gunpowder Plot - Combe's death - the attempt to enclose the Welcombe Fields
    25. Shakespeare's death and his descendants.

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