We use proverbs, lines from the Bible and from Shakespeare and the street slang of the streets and taverns of the 16th century. Did you ever wonder what a 'jot' or 'tittle' was, or a 'shrift' and why it is usually short?
The next time your 'better half' tells you have 'gone to pot' and should 'spruce yourself up' you can tell her that you have 'fathomed out' where those phrases came from.
During the time that Tudor kings and queens were on the throne, English became what it is today. When Henry VII, the first Tudor, was crowned English was still Chaucerian Middle English - incomprehensible to most of us today. By the time Elizabeth I died in 1603, the population of England was speaking an early version of the Modern English that is spoken around the world today.
Maybe you have 'drawn a blank' trying to find where many of our everyday phrases come from. With this book you could 'put a feather in your cap' and discover the origin of Tudor phrases 'in a trice'.