The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England

The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England

Book - 2013
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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.

Publisher: London : Vintage Books, 2013.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780099542070
Branch Call Number: 942.055 Mor
Characteristics: x, 420 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : colour illustrations, maps ; 20 cm
Alternative Title: Elizabethan England

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dukeofdensity
Jul 08, 2016

Another fun entry in a very charming series that has an interesting premise as the reader as a time travelers. And of course as readers like time travelers we are outsiders. I considered myself pretty knowledgeable about English history but there were lots of details new to me.

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finn75
Apr 19, 2015

Brilliant. I love this time in history so it was really interesting to hear what it really would have been like.

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hindins
Aug 13, 2014

Or, "how not to die in Elizabethan England". This was a very interesting and entertaining read which didn't sacrifice either for the other.

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Finnegc
Jan 10, 2014

Learned so much more about Elizabethan England. A dense but pleasurable read if you are interested in this time line. Worth the effort.

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