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Elizabethan England

From 'A Description of England,' by William Harrison

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Published: 1587
Language: English
Wordcount: 118,621 / 346 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 57.3
LoC Category: DA
Downloads: 827
Added to site: 2010.05.30 27961
Genre: History

and cast his wallet;" also of "the couetousnesse of the patrones, of whom some doo bestow aduousons of benefices vpon their bakers, butlers, cookes, good archers, falconers, and horsekeepers," while others "doo scrape the wool from our clokes;" he notes how Popish "images ... and monuments of idolatrie are remooued" from the churches, "onelie the stories in glasse windowes excepted," which are let stay for a while, from the scarcity and cost of white glass; he'd like to get rid of Saints' Days; he commends the decent apparel of the Protestant parsons, as contrasted with that of the Popish blind sir-Johns, who went "either in diuerse colors like plaiers, or in garments of light hew, as yellow, red,[34] greene, etc., with their shooes piked,[35] ... so that to meet a priest in those daies was to behold a peacocke that spreadeth his taile when he danseth before the henne;" and then he denounces the cheating at elections for College fellowships, scholarships.

Harrison also tells us that he had for a time t



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