Must have for anyone interested in Scotland's royal and non-royal history.,
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This review is from: Domestic Annals Of Scotland: From The Reformation To The Revolution V1 (Paperback)
I bought both volumes of Chamber's book and they are among my most expensive book purchases - but worth every penny. Not just for the history they contain, but for the way it is presented. The details are fascinating - how many napkins were required at a particular dinner, the penalty for selling short measure, a 16th century schoolboy 'sit-in'. But what makes this the perfect 'browsing' book is that each entry - from a variety of sources - which are specified and therefore can be cross-referenced and checked, are dated. Always by month and year, and even better, sometimes, when the information is available, with a specific day. Some of the entries relate to royalty, but many do not and we get a wonderful insight into everyday life across a wide spectrum of society. Interesting and sometimes sobering to see in what ways their society differed from ours and in what respects it was similar. Highly recommended.
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