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Synopsis: The Elizabethan world, so often recalled for its riotous love of life and bawdy sense of humor, was also a world of contrasts. The rich appeared enormously rich, indulging in extravagant luxuries, while the poor often languished in unthinkable squalor, turning to thievery and begging in order to survive. It is this complex network of beggars and thieves, vagabonds and rogues, that inhabited the colorful underworld society of London's taverns, brothels and gambling dens that Salgado here investigates. He describes those others who were part of the underground scene: strolling players and minstrels, witches, alchemists and astrologers. He also examines the measures taken against those who were seen to be in need of correction or reform. Illustrations taken from manuscripts and pamphlets of the era bring to life this sector of Elizabethan society.
About the Author: Gamini Salgado was born in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), and came to England to attend the University of Nottingham. He became an expert on D.H.Lawrence's poetry and on Elizabethan and Jacobean literature. He was appointed to the Chair of English at Exeter University in 1977. He died in 1985.
Title: The Elizabethan underworld
Publisher: Rowman and Littlefield
Publication Date: 1977
Book Condition: Good
Edition: First Am edition.
Book Description Rowman and Littlefield, 1977. Condition: Fair. First Am edition. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Seller Inventory # GRP96434664
Book Description Rowman and Littlefield, 1977. Condition: Good. First Am edition. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP36639357
Book Description Rowman and Littlefield (Non NBN), 1977. Hardcover. Condition: Used; Good. Dispatched, from the UK, within 48 hours of ordering. This book is in good condition but will show signs of previous ownership. Please expect some creasing to the spine and/or minor damage to the cover. Aged book. Please note this book is over 20 years old. It will therefore have tanned pages, age spots and plenty of shelf wear. However, for its age it is still very useable, and a great read. Ex-library book. This is an ex-library book and therefore has stamps throughout. It is also likely to have considerable shelf-ware. It is however still in useable condition, and a great read. Thanks. Seller Inventory # CHL3160223
Book Description London: Book Club Associates, 1977, London, 1977. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good +. 1st Thus. Hardcover. Very Good +/Very Good -. 1st Thus. 8vo. Just some browning on the cover spine ends and a littl pale fox spotting showing when the book is closed o/w a very crisp, clean and tight hardback without owner's inscriptions. The unclipped dustwrapper has one 6" closed tear along the fornt turnover which has been supportivly repaired and a slightly browned spine and top edge. Seller Inventory # 013893
Book Description London - Totowa, NJ: J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd. - Rowman and Littlefield, 1977., 1977. 221 pages. Hardcover: H 23.5cm x L 15.75cm. Pictorial dust jacket rubbed, closed tear at rear panel's top right. Blue boards. Past owner's ink signature at top of front free endpaper; interior pages are otherwise bright and clean. Binding is firm. A very good+ copy in a very good dust jacket. With endpaper maps, Preface, Acknowledgements, b/w illustrations, Glossary of Underworld Terms, A Note on Books, and Index. Features ten chapters titled as: "London: Flower of Cities All;" "The Suburbs of Sin;" "The Fun of the Fair;" "White Magic and Black Witches;" "Astrologers and Alchemists;" "Low Life on the Highway;" "Autolycus and his Tribe;" "Minions of the Moon;" "Counter and Clink;" and "Bridewell and Bedlam." ISBN 0874719674. Seller Inventory # D17-7178
Book Description Rowman and Littlefield; J M Dent & Sons, 1977. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. First Edition... Type: Hardback First Edition Hardcover in Very Good Condition. No Dust Jacket. Light blue cloth binding is clean and unmarked, strip along top edge is sunned, no wear to extremities; tight, solid and square. Map on endpapers of London. 45 illustrations--sketches, woodcuts, reproductions, documents, etc. Former owner name on rear paste-down. Internals in Fine Condition. The Elizabethan age was one of spectacular contrasts--in literature it created some of England's greatest drama, as well as some most tedious expository writing; in painting the exquisite miniatures of Hilliard and Oliver and also wall paintings of expectional crudity; and so on rthe social side, the noblemen with almost unbounded wealth and luxury--and at the bottom of the ladder, men, women and children who were glad to find a crust of bread from their scraps, and when there were no scraps, turned to thievery to live. These folks far out-numbered the nobility, these vagrants and beggars-the uinderworld of London. In this book, the author tries to conveys the colour and energy of this underworld, to show how in response to the dire social conditions, these thieves, whores, cripples, tricksters developed their own society and hierarchy, their own intricate and elaborate strategies which enabled them to take advantage at every turn of the society from which they had been exiled. 221 pages with Glossary of Underworld Terms, A Note on Books and Index. 6.25 x 9.5 inches. 1977, Rowman and Littlefield; J M Dent & Sons, Totowa, New Jersey; London, England. Seller Inventory # 025537
Book Description Rowman and Littlefield, 1977. Hardcover. Condition: Good. First Am edition. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 0874719674