Life in Elizabethan England

If you lived in Elizabethan England, you might:
  • See a Shakespeare play, starring William Shakespeare
  • Meet the man who made the first voyage around the the world
  • Board The Golden Hind with a pirate admiral to plunder Spanish ships in the name of the Queen • Join the rebels who want to put Mary, Queen of Scots, on the English throne Fiery Elizabeth's long rule was an exciting time to be alive.

A Travel Guide to Shakespeare's London

By James Barter

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"...a colorful and lively period travel guide that provides glimpses into the life of this great city at the time of Queen Elizabeth, four hundred years ago. Travelers wishing to visit London are provided information about travel tips, the best inns for lodging, great food in taverns or pubs, and guided tours of London's oldest and most historically significant architecture. Interspersed within the guide are recommendations for daily cultural and entertaining activities as well as day trips outside of the city."

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The Queen's Progress: An Elizabethan Alphabet

By Celeste Mannis; illustrations by Bagram Ibatoulline

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"Rhymed verses, stunning illustrations, and a fascinating text all come together to form this imaginative story about Queen Elizabeth and her progresses, or journeys, through England's countryside. Ibatoulline's illustrations are not only beautiful colorful works of art, they also tell a story within a story-one about the attempted murder of the queen and about her loyal servants who seek revenge. The main text follows Elizabeth's travels and is filled with anecdotes and historical details. Perfect for history-lovers, alert readers, and suspense-seekers, this multi-layered picture book reveals something new with each reading."

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Sir Walter Raleigh: Founding the Virginia Colony

By Nancy Ward

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"Examines the early life and explorations of Sir Walter Raleigh and Raleigh's legacy. When England's Queen Elizabeth I asked Sir Walter Raleigh to search for new lands to claim and colonize, her loyal subject pledged to found a colony in tribute to his Queen. This exciting recreation of the founding, loss, and reclamation of the Virginia colony in the late 1500s also describes Raleigh's unsuccessful search for the fabled wealthy kingdom of El Dorado, the deterioration of his relationship with the Queen, and his eventual execution."

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Elizabethan England

By Kathy Elgin

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Photographs of actual performances that show characters in costume and stills from movies that show the filmmakers' interpretations of period clothes- Fact boxes that provide fascinating information about materials used, accessories worn, and clothing customs- Quotes from literature and plays that show the connotations of costume in that particular era and how clothing has indicated social status throughout the centuries- A timeline and summaries of plays, musicals, and movies that typify the era and its fashions.

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Elizabeth I -- The People's Queen: Her Life and Times: 21 Activities

By Kerrie Logan Hollihan

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Recounts the life and accomplishments of the people's queen, in a book with activities, from singing a madrigal and growing a knot garden to creating a period costume, to provide readers a taste of the Elizabethan age.

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The Tower of London

By Leonard Everett Fisher

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Characterizes the Tower and its people during the turbulent years of the forming of the British nation from 1078 through 1666.

Princess Elizabeth was imprisoned by her sister in this ancient tower. Later as queen, Elizabeth would find it to be a suitable place to put her own enemies.

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The King's Fool: A Book about Medieval and Renaissance Fools

By Dana Fradon

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This book about the kings' (and queens') own comics is fun and informative. A good jumping off spot for reports.

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Sir Walter Ralegh and the Quest For El Dorado

By Marc Aronson

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This luxuriantly detailed account of Ralegh's life--courtier, general, explorer, quester for El Dorado, overseer of the Irish--and death (he was executed as a traitor) is also a fully dimensional portrait of the Elizabethan period.

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Sir Francis Drake: Navigator and Pirate

By Earle Rice, Jr.

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His enemies called him "El Draco" (the dragon) for his piratical ways. The English people called him a hero for his explorations around the world and his part in trouncing of the Spanish Armada.

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Shakespeare's Theater

By Jacqueline Morley

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"History and architecture combine to bring the past to life. Filled with full-color, cut-away illustrations and informative text, each volume looks at a single structure and the everyday life of the people who built them ... and enjoyed them."

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