Richard Day, A Booke of Christian prayers..., 1581 - Life and death, p.122v.

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Date:1581

Description:Death in everyday life in Shakespeare's time.

Life and death went hand-in-hand everywhere in Shakespeare’s England, where medical knowledge was very limited, and most illness depended on traditional herbal remedies for treatment. Many children died young, and everyone was encouraged by the Church to lead a disciplined, prayerful life at home, as well as on Sundays when normal work rested for the day. This popular book of prayers is ornamented throughout with reminders that death was always just behind the shoulder of young and old alike, as the woodcuts to the left of this page show.

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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