I read, in Renaissance magazine, a review of a book called The Social History of English Seamen, 1485-1649, edited by Cheryl A. Fury and published by The Boydell Press in 2012. This book appears to be something that I would really enjoy: a historical study of English maritime day-to-day activities set in exactly the time periods that I’m most interested in (Elizabethan and Jacobean). What a great thing!
I looked the book up on Amazon and discovered, much to my chagrin, that it is $120 new and about $70 used. That is a little too dear for my blood at this point in life.
Below the book listing I spotted what I thought was an electronic, downloadable version of the book for just $9.95! Well, I could afford that, I thought. However, clicking on the link I discovered that what this actually turned out to be was a review of the book that one can purchase for $9.95, not the actual book itself.
Clearly, I’m working too hard for a living.