The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England
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. We think of Queen Elizabeth I as 'Gloriana': the most powerful English woman in history. We think of... show more
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. We think of Queen Elizabeth I as 'Gloriana': the most powerful English woman in history. We think of her reign (1558-1603) as a golden age of maritime heroes, like Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Richard Grenville and Sir Francis Drake, and of great writers, such as Edmund Spenser, Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare. 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 answers the key questions that a prospective traveller to late sixteenth-century England would ask. Applying the groundbreaking approach he pioneered in his bestselling Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England, the Elizabethan world unfolds around the reader. He shows a society making great discoveries and winning military victories and yet at the same time being troubled by its new-found awareness. It is a country in which life expectancy at birth 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 and 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.
Publish date: March 7th 2013
Pages no: 420
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Time Travel
, European History
, World History
, 16th Century
A drier read than his Guide to Mediaeval England, but I still found several of the chapters to be quite interesting even if some of the others dragged a bit. For example, the hierarchy of water sources did help to explain some of their attitudes toward baths. That is, it’s not so much that they d...
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.It took me longer to finish then I would like, non-fiction is always a slower read for me then fiction.Wonderful resource for all things Elizabethan. Thorough descriptions of: the landscape, the people, religion, character, basic essentials,...
I love this well-informed, well-written guide to daily life in Elizabethan England, just as I loved its predecessor, The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England. If you just want to be immersed in the past, pick the same author's Sacred Treason, written under the pen name James Forrester. But if y...
bookshelves: nonfiction, history, tudor, autumn-2013, dip-in-now-and-again, under-500-ratings, paper-read, published-2012, tbr-busting-2013 Read from November 07, 2013 to January 02, 2014 Purchased in Princes Street. This book is dedicated to my daughter,Elizabeth Rose Mortimer. Opening: It is a ...
Like its Medieval brother, this book is an easy, fun read. I skimmed over the parts about social organisation because they are a very general overview that any reader who is interested in the period's history is already familiar with.But the chapters and sections dedicated to every day life were a j...
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