The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England Hardcover – 1 Mar 2012
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"It is a magnificent social history, rich and scholarly, but with the verve and intrigue of a great novel" (Rory Clements)
"As Mortimer puts it, 'sometimes the past will inspire you, sometimes it will make you weep'. What it won't do, thanks to this enthralling book, is leave you unmoved" (Kathryn Hughes Mail on Sunday)
"An astonishingly colourful portrait of an astonishingly colourful era, one sophisticated enough to include, and make sense of, all its contradictions. It is as if Mortimer has restored an old painting, stripping it of its cloaking layers of brown varnish to reveal its vitality and life afresh" (Toby Clements Daily Telegraph)
"Mortimer brings...depth and flair to the age of Shakespeare and the Virgin Queen. From dental hygiene to table manners, the findings fascinate - even if we don't wish that we were there" (Independent)
"Ian Mortimer triumphs. Using a heady mix of historical fact, original documents and intelligent guesswork, he pieces together not just how the Elizabethans lived but how they thought" (Nigel Nelson Tribune)
From the author of one of the biggest-selling history books of recent years, the follow-up to The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England. The past is a foreign country - this is your guide.See all Product Description
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Mortimer covers all aspects of life for Elizabethans, through the creation of a guide book for the time traveller. He explains what the landscape would have looked and smelled like in the countryside and in the towns, and what life would have been like for people living in the numerous and often confusing social hierarchies. He gives advice to the time traveller on, amongst other things, how to educate your children, how to travel, how to follow your religious beliefs safely, what to eat, what to wear, and how to conduct yourself politely. Throughout, Mortimer provides fascinating accounts of life, with numerous anecdotes to bring the past alive.
This is every bit as good, and maybe even better, than The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England, by the same author.
Quite superb - highly recommended
Ian Mortimer makes history fun to read & his books get better with each new publication. Buy this book, read it & most of all enjoy every word.
I didn't enjoy this book as much as Mortimers previous 'Medieval' offering, maybe because I knew more about the Elizabethan period initially. It was repetitive, and not as descriptive - because of the religious turmoil at the time, almost every chapter included some mention of faith, which I'd already read about in the chapter 'Religion'.
I'm sounding a lot more disgruntled about this book than I actually am. I think because I enjoyed the medieval guide so much more that I was expecting a great deal from this one. It is actually a very good, enjoyable, informative read. It just dragged sometimes - but everyones view is going to be entirely personal to them as no-one is interested in the same things.Read more ›
The main detraction for me, and reason for it only being three stars, is the kindle format. All the illustrations are at the back of the main text, so not at all linked to the body of writing. This is a serious flaw as are the sharpness and sizes of images displayed. Each image is shown on a separate page and in several cases they only take up a third of the page but are too small to be clearly visible. Amazon needs to do much better !
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Fascinating - a very good read. The Author draws you in with his clever narrative, vividly describing life as it would have been in Tudor times.Published 1 month ago by H. L. Radcliffe
There is nothing new in the book. No great detail of London wards .Published 2 months ago by donald clarke
Good product rec'd promptly but not written in a style which I found compelling, which is a pity since the subject matter was very interesting.Published 4 months ago by Grocery