Richard Day, A Booke of Christian prayers..., 1581 - Momento mori woodcuts, p.89v.

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Date:1581

Description:The everyday presence of death in Shakespeare's England.

Much of Richard Day’s prayerbook has illustrations which remind readers of the everyday presence of death in the 16th century. ‘Thou knowst ‘tis common, all that live must die.’ Hamlet, 1,2, line 72 and 5,1, lines 70-196.

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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