Ruth Goodman – How to Behave Badly in Elizabethan England


Every age and social strata has its bad eggs, rule-breakers, and nose-thumbers. As acclaimed popular historian and author of How to Be a Victorian Ruth Goodman reveals in her madcap chronicle, Elizabethan England was particularly rank with troublemakers, from snooty needlers who took aim with a cutting “thee” to lowbrow drunkards with revolting table manners. Goodman draws on advice manuals, court cases, and sermons to offer this colorfully crude portrait of offenses most foul.

Mischievous listeners will delight in learning how to time your impressions for the biggest laugh, why quoting Shakespeare was poor form, and why curses hurled at women were almost always about sex (and why we shouldn’t be surprised). Bringing her signature “exhilarating and contagious” enthusiasm (Boston Globe), this is a celebration of one of history’s naughtiest periods, when derision was an art form.

Author: Ruth Goodman
Narrator: Jennifer M. Dixon
Duration: 10 hours 57 minutes
Released: 19 Dec 2002
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Language: English

User Review:

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I enjoyed this book, there were a lot of points that were repeated throughout and parts of it dragged but it was fun enough. Nothing in it was shocking or surprising. but it went in depth into some behaviors and the feelings about them that kept the book interesting.

The narration was good, I have no complaints.