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  • Published: 1 May 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099542070
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $19.99
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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, from the bestselling author of Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England

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.

‘Vivid trip back to the 16th century…highly entertaining book’ Guardian

  • Pub date: 1 May 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099542070
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $19.99
Categories:

About the Author

Ian Mortimer

Dr Ian Mortimer is the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England and The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England, as well as four critically acclaimed medieval biographies, and numerous scholarly articles on subjects ranging in date from the twelfth to the twentieth centuries.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1998. His work on the social history of medicine won the Alexander Prize (2004) and was published by the Royal Historical Society in 2009. He lives with his wife and three children in Moretonhampstead, on the edge of Dartmoor.

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Praise for The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England

“Ian Mortimer manages to inform and delight in equal measure.”

Sue Baker, The Bookseller


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