A scattered and ultimately disatisfying collection of writing on life in Elizabethan England. Each section (theatre, food, education...) is comprised of a clipping from some other text from any time between now and the sixteenth century. I am far from an expert on Elizabethan England, but even I was bothered by the generalizations and expansive claims made by the essays. The contemporary documents are more worthwhile but far less readable, as they are mostly reproduced in the original non-standard spelling. There is nothing truly objectionable about this book, but there is no absolutely reason to seek it out.