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Nobody Ever Tells Me Anything

Doc was a teacher from 1967 to 2010. (Sigh)


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Interesting words - Mark Girouard
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"It is fairly safe to say that before Tudor times no books were to be found in castles or country houses. In spite of the renaissance of learning under Henry VIII, many country houses still had no books at all... Many gentlemen, especially in the remoter parts of the country, still preferred to hawk and hunt; in Northumberland, in the 1560s, ninety-two out of the 146 leading gentry were unable to sign their name., In 1601 Bess of Hardwick only had six books at Hardwick, kept in her bedchamber. Sir William Faifax, who installed the magnificent great chamber at Giilling Castle, owned thirty-nine books. Only a dozen or so members of the upper classes (exclusive of clerics) are known to have owned more than a hundred books in the sixteenth century...Only two greatmen -- Lord Lumley and Lord Burghley -- owned more than a thousand books."
Mark Girouard