Richard Day, A Booke of Christian prayers..., 1581 - Prayers for family use, p.61v.

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Date:1581

Description:The Shakespeare family in Elizabethan England.

Richard Day's popular book of prayers intended for personal use by Elizabethans, was re-published several times after it was first printed in 1578. Its woodcuts show many scenes of contemporary life, such as the baptism (christening) scene at the bottom of this page. John and Mary Shakespeare both came to Stratford-upon-Avon from families who farmed in the district. John's business included glovemaking, and some merchandising in the town.

Full title: Richard Day, A Booke of Christian Prayers collected out of the auncient writers and best learned in our tyme, worthy to be read with earnest mynde of all Christians in these daungerous and troublesome dayes', London, John Daye, 1581.


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