This work is a contribution to social history and portrays the life of each class from the court downwards - nobles, gentry, the middle class, country folk - and their mentality, conscious or unconscious, to which their way of life gave rise, with its folklore and beliefs, customs and sport. In particular, the book throws fresh light ton the sex life of the time, A.L. Rowse draws on the unpublished casebooks of the astrologer-psychiatrist, Dr Forman, which provide fascinating insight into this aspect of Elizabethan life - in more intimate detail than that of Pepys or Boswell. The book's central section on sex, astrology and witchcraft also has much that is exciting and new, and is deeply revealing of the age of Shakespeare and bacon.
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The Elizabethan Renaissance Back in print in a new paperback edition are these two volumes by A. L. Rowse that represent one of the great historical works of our time, a master historian's exploration of the social and cultural history of the Elizabethan Age. "Fascinating." New York Times. Full descriptionReview:
The Elizabethan Renaissance is created in such brilliant color and clarity that the reader can never forget it.--Irving Stone
Rowse makes dry bones not only live, but dance.... It is delightful that so exalted a historian should also accept human nature so happily.--Rebecca West
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Book Description 2000-07-27., 2000. Book Condition: New. Penguin Books Ltd. New edition. Paperback. Book: VERY GOOD. 320pp. . Bookseller Inventory # NF-1764433