The dark side of Elizabethan England

The Elizabethan era is often painted as a golden age. Yet, says James Sharpe, for thousands of people life was anything but golden, blighted by violence, vagrancy and crushing hunger

An illustration of Edmund Spenser’s poetic work ‘The Shepheardes Calender’

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