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How to Behave Badly in Renaissance Britain

Extent: 320pages

Size: 234x153mm

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Price: £20.00

ISBN: 9781782438496

Categories: Science - History - Philosophy

About the Book

Historian and popular BBC TV presenter Ruth Goodman, author of How to Be a Tudor, offers up a history of Renaissance Britain – the offensive language, insulting gestures, insolent behaviour, brawling and scandal of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries – with practical tips on just how to horrify the Tudor neighbours.

From royalty to peasantry, every age has its bad eggs, those who break all the rules and rub everyone up the wrong way. But their niggling, anti-social and irritating ways not only tell us about what upset people, but also what mattered to them, how their society functioned and what kind of world they lived in.

In this brilliantly nitty-gritty exploration of real life in the Tudor and Stuart age, you will discover:

– how to choose the perfect insult, whether it be draggletail, varlet, flap, saucy fellow, strumpet, ninny-hammer or stinkard
– why quoting Shakespeare was very poor form
– the politics behind men kissing each other on the lips
– why flashing the inside of your hat could repulse someone
– the best way to mock accents, preachers, soldiers and pretty much everything else besides

Ruth Goodman draws upon advice books and manuals, court cases and sermons, drama and imagery to outline bad behaviour from the gauche to the galling, the subtle to the outrageous. It is a celebration of drunkards, scolds, harridans and cross dressers in a time when calling a man a fool could get someone killed, and cursing wasn’t just rude, it worked!

‘Ruth is the queen of living history – long may she reign!’
Lucy Worsley

Publication Date: 05/04/2018

Price: £6.99

ISBN: 9781782438526

Categories: Science - History - Philosophy

About the Book

Historian and popular BBC TV presenter Ruth Goodman, author of How to Be a Tudor, offers up a history of Renaissance Britain – the offensive language, insulting gestures, insolent behaviour, brawling and scandal of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries – with practical tips on just how to horrify the Tudor neighbours.

From royalty to peasantry, every age has its bad eggs, those who break all the rules and rub everyone up the wrong way. But their niggling, anti-social and irritating ways not only tell us about what upset people, but also what mattered to them, how their society functioned and what kind of world they lived in.

In this brilliantly nitty-gritty exploration of real life in the Tudor and Stuart age, you will discover:

– how to choose the perfect insult, whether it be draggletail, varlet, flap, saucy fellow, strumpet, ninny-hammer or stinkard
– why quoting Shakespeare was very poor form
– the politics behind men kissing each other on the lips
– why flashing the inside of your hat could repulse someone
– the best way to mock accents, preachers, soldiers and pretty much everything else besides

Ruth Goodman draws upon advice books and manuals, court cases and sermons, drama and imagery to outline bad behaviour from the gauche to the galling, the subtle to the outrageous. It is a celebration of drunkards, scolds, harridans and cross dressers in a time when calling a man a fool could get someone killed, and cursing wasn’t just rude, it worked!

‘Ruth is the queen of living history – long may she reign!’
Lucy Worsley

Publication Date:

Price: £21.99

ISBN: 9781789290066

Categories: Science - History - Philosophy

About the Book

INCLUDES EXCLUSIVE Q&A WITH THE AUTHOR, RUTH GOODMAN.

Historian and popular BBC TV presenter Ruth Goodman,
author of How to Be a Tudor, offers up a history of Renaissance Britain – the offensive language, insulting gestures, insolent behaviour, brawling and scandal of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries – with practical tips on just how to horrify the Tudor neighbours.

From royalty to peasantry, every age has its bad eggs, those who break all the rules and rub everyone up the wrong way. But their niggling, anti-social and irritating ways not only tell us about what upset people, but also what mattered to them, how their society functioned and what kind of world they lived in.

In this brilliantly nitty-gritty exploration of real life in the Tudor and Stuart age, you will discover:

– how to choose the perfect insult, whether it be draggletail, varlet, flap, saucy fellow, strumpet, ninny-hammer or stinkard
– why quoting Shakespeare was very poor form
– the politics behind men kissing each other on the lips
– why flashing the inside of your hat could repulse someone
– the best way to mock accents, preachers, soldiers and pretty much everything else besides

Ruth Goodman draws upon advice books and manuals, court cases and sermons, drama and imagery to outline bad behaviour from the gauche to the galling, the subtle to the outrageous. It is a celebration of drunkards, scolds, harridans and cross dressers in a time when calling a man a fool could get someone killed, and cursing wasn’t just rude, it worked!

‘Ruth is the queen of living history – long may she reign!’
Lucy Worsley

About the Author

Ruth Goodman is a social historian and has presented a number of BBC series, including Victorian Farm, Wartime Farm, Tudor Monastery Farm and, most recently, Full Steam Ahead. She is also a regular expert presenter on The One Show. As well as the books accompanying her many series, she has written the critically acclaimed How to be a Victorian and How to be a Tudor. Ruth will be available for PR.