This week’s word of the week is ‘scrivener’. An Elizabethan word referring to a scribe or notary, it’s inspired by R.E. Pritchard’s book ‘Shakespeare’s England: Life in Elizabethan & Jacobean Times’.
Pritchard’s book is an intriguing and fascinating collection of excerpts from some of the best, wittiest and most unusual writing of Shakespeare’s age. A ‘scrivener’ is mentioned in the chapter on Education, in which Pritchard reveals ‘writing was usually taught by peripatetic scriveners’.
It is brought to you from the Shakespeare-inspired Books About Town bench outside the Globe.
Word of the week: ‘Scrivener’ (n.); ‘A clerk, scribe, or notary’
Voiced by Alison Jordan
Alison is the Globe Education Assistant for Learning.