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Sir Sidney Lee (1859-1926) was a lifelong scholar and enthusiast of Shakespeare, but is also remembered as the 'sub-editor' recruited by Sir Leslie Stephen when he was embarking on the project of the Dictionary of National Biography, and whose editorial and organisational skills were vital in keeping the publication programme close to its planned schedule. His own contributions to the Dictionary included an account of the life of Queen Victoria and (in Volume 51, 1897) William Shakespeare. This study of Stratford-on-Avon was first published in 1885, and the greatly enlarged version, reissued here, in 1890. (In 1898 Lee produced his biography of Shakespeare (also reissued in this series), regarded for much of the twentieth century as the most reliable account of Shakespeare's life.) This illustrated work draws on the archival material then available to provide a history of the town of Stratford up to the time of Shakespeare's death.
Table of Contents
The origin of the town, and its relations with the see of Worcester
Mediaeval trade, markets, and fairs
John, Robert, and Ralph of Stratford
The Church of the Holy Trinity
Sir Hugh Clopton's benefactions
The Reformation at Stratford
The growth of self-government
John Shakespeare in municipal office and in trade
The Stratford industries and population
John Shakespeare's first settlement in Stratford - the streets
The construction and furniture of the houses - the gardens
The sanitary conditions of the town
Plagues, fires, floods, and famines
Domestic and school discipline
The occupations of Stratford lads
The players at Stratford
Charlecote House - poaching in the park
Christenings and marriage
Shakespeare at Stratford in later life
The Gunpowder Plot - Combe's death - the attempt to enclose the Welcombe Fields
Shakespeare's death and his descendants
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