source needed: Elizabethan noble pastimes
- Dear all,
can anyone point me to a good scholarly source (or few) describing
pastimes of of the nobility in Tudor & Elizabethan England?
Specifically ones that mention (or better, detail) dance?
- I have Daily Life in Elizabethan England by Jeffrey L. Signman checked
out from the library right now. It has a section on entertainment that
includes explanations of dance steps as well as songs.
Appendix A of the book states that "The text on which this book is
based was originally written as a living history maunal for the
Elizabethan period. It has since been expanded and reworked to provide
an introduction to Elizabethan daily life for the general- interest
There's also an Appendix C: Contacts which lists Groups (including
SCA), Sites, Journals, and Electronic Resources.
The Notes following the appendices gives a chapter by chapter listing
of sources. Following that is a section on Further Reading containing
lists of Novels, Recordings, Films, and Illustration sources.
Hope this helps,
- At 2:26 PM +0000 11/3/04, Jen Kennedy (SCA: Ld. Eoin an Eich Ghil mac
>can anyone point me to a good scholarly source (or few) describing
>pastimes of of the nobility in Tudor & Elizabethan England?
>Specifically ones that mention (or better, detail) dance?
Reeves, Compton. 1998. Pleasures and Pastimes in Medieval England.
Oxford Univ Press, New York. ISBN 0-19-521423-4
which includes at least the early part of the 16th century. But for
dance specifically, I'd go with the dance manuals (which Justin will
no doubt tell you about in detail).
Heather Rose Jones