This week’s word is from Ian Mortimer’s book The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England. Mortimer calls upon a whole host of Elizabethan-age vocabulary including a glossary of terms for the criminal fraternity present in contemporary society. ‘Prigman’ is an example of just one of them and refers to a man who takes clothes while they are drying on fields or on hedges, or steals chickens and sells them at the nearest alehouse.

It is brought to you from the Shakespeare-inspired Books About Town bench outside the Globe.

Word of the Week: ‘prigman’ (n.); a man who takes clothes while they are drying on fields or on hedges, or steals chickens and sells them at the nearest alehouse.

From ‘The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England’ by Ian Mortimer. Buy it now from the Globe Shop.

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