The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian Mortimer

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...The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England casts a fresh and invigorating light on the life of ordinary people in an extraordinary age.
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The past is a foreign country - this is your guide.

We think of Queen Elizabeth I’s reign (1558-1603) as a golden age. But what was it actually like to live in Elizabethan England? If you could travel to the past and walk the streets of London in the 1590s, where would you stay? What would you eat? What would you wear? Would you really have a sense of it being a glorious age? And if so, how would that glory sit alongside the vagrants, diseases, violence, sexism and famine of the time?

In this book Ian Mortimer reveals a country in which life expectancy is in the early thirties, people still starve to death and Catholics are persecuted for their faith. Yet it produces some of the finest writing in the English language, some of the most magnificent architecture, and sees Elizabeth's subjects settle in America and circumnavigate the globe. Welcome to a country that is, in all its contradictions, the very crucible of the modern world.
 

About Ian Mortimer

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IAN MORTIMER has BA and PhD degrees in history from Exeter University and an MA in archive studies from University College London. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1998, and was awarded the Alexander Prize (2004) by the Royal Historical Society for his work on the social history of medicine. He is the author of three medieval biographies, The Greatest Traitor: The Life of Sir Roger Mortimer, The Perfect King: The Life of Edward III, and The Fears of Henry IV: The Life of England's Self-Made King, published in 2003, 2006 and 2007 respectively by Jonathan Cape. He lives with his wife and three children on the edge of Dartmoor.
 
Published March 1, 2012 by Vintage Digital. 432 pages
Genres: History, Travel.
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Reviewed by Thomas Penn on Mar 23 2012

...Mortimer has again written a vivid and highly entertaining book.

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Reviewed by Pam Norfolk on May 03 2012

...The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England casts a fresh and invigorating light on the life of ordinary people in an extraordinary age.

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