Category Archives: 16th Century

The First Slang Dictionary

Snippets 73.  If you try to find out what was the first ever English slang dictionary, the answer you will probably find (e.g. on Wikipedia) will be The Canting Academy, written in 1673 by Richard Head. He also wrote The … Continue reading

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The Phantom Horsemen (Creepy History 19)

During October 2015 I presented a series of Creepy History articles in the lead-up to Halloween, and have been planning to extend that series throughout 2016 as they were so popular. So this is the first in an occasional return … Continue reading

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Journals 12.2 – Paul Hentzner in England, 1598 (Part 2)

This is the final part of my article about Hentzer’s journal. For the first part, please see the entry posted on 22nd February 2016. Hentzer was able to enjoy the spectacle of the Bartholemew Fair, a tradition dating back to … Continue reading

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Journals 12.1 – Paul Hentzner in England, 1598 (Part 1)

For the last couple of weeks we have been looking at England as seen by Foreigners in the days of Elizabeth and James the First, a collection of travels journals and extracts from journals, collected and in some cases translated … Continue reading

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Journals 11.2 – England in 1592 (Part 2)

This is the conclusion of my article on the journal of the travels of Frederick, Duke of Württember in England. For the first part please see the entry posted on 8th February 2016. The duke was given an audience with … Continue reading

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Journals 11.1 – England in 1592 (Part 1)

Windows into History has concentrated principally on 19th Century travel journals so far, but this month we are going to look at something a little bit different, England as seen by Foreigners in the days of Elizabeth and James the … Continue reading

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Games in the year 1600 (Snippets 25)

In 1600, Samuel Rowlands published one of his earliest collections of poems, under the slightly gruesome title The Letting of Humour’s Blood in the Head-vaine.  He was not a popular poet in his day, but his work has proven valuable … Continue reading

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