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primer of a kind in use from the 15th to the 18th cent. On one side of a sheet of parchment or paper the matter to be learned was written or printed; over the sheet, for its protection, a transparent sheet of horn was placed; and the two were fastened to a thin board, which usually projected to form a handle, perforated so that the hornbook might be attached to a girdle. The matter printed or written included the alphabet in capitals and small letters and other material, varying in different hornbooks, such as numerals and the Lord's Prayer. Sometimes the base and handle were made of metal, stone, or ivory and had letters carved or cast on them.


See A. W. Tuer, History of the Hornbook (2 vol., 1896, repr. 1968).

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When attempting to assess the Hornbook evidence, it might be argued that as satire it cannot be taken seriously or literally; indeed, this view has been advanced to discount Dekker's references to the "public" stage, although his references to gallants' behaviour on the indoor stages are accepted (partly of course because a number of contemporary writers make the same criticisms).
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2 cm) is, in fact, a hornbook printed on thick cardboard and contains exactly the same text described above, though enlarged and bordered on all four sides by illustrations for each of the capital letters of the alphabet.
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Blackstone became the [law] student's hornbook, from that moment, that profession (the nursery of our Congress) began to slide into toryism, and nearly all the young brood of lawyers now are of that hue" (Jefferson 1984, 1513-14).
Read aloud, sadly, Rath's own writing has the cadences of a hornbook, elementary, clear, careful, repetitious, syntactically cautious, and insistent on its lessons.
Character education has been a part of American education since colonial times with the Hornbook containing the Lord's Prayer and The New England Primer teaching skills necessary for a "proper life and eternal salvation" (as cited in Burrett & Rusnak, 1993, p.
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Dean William Prosser's great Hornbook on the Law of Torts, (1941) had crystallized tort law with a responsible, forward-looking approach.
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18) This might assist with one difficulty for both in-the-round and end-stage arguments: the presence of the "Lord's Room" in one of the balconies--according to Dekker's Gull's Hornbook (1609), in that section closest to the stage--perhaps where DeWitt has the "orchestra," or over the stage at the rear.