Tiptoe Through the Tudors

The Lisle Letters provide one of the clearest records of life in Tudor England: wines at Marseilles are bad; those at Valencia are too hot. “Quarter shoes”—i.e. loose sandals—wear out at the rate of a pair a month. Thomas Cromwell contemplates making a voyage to Calais and back for the sole purpose of purging his stomach, rather than having to undergo the normal medical remedy.

The Lisle Letters

edited by Muriel St. Clare Byrne

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The American Scene: A Reader

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H.L. Mencken on Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe

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