The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England

The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England

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Synopsis

The past is a foreign country - this is your guide, from the bestselling author of The 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

Book information

ISBN: 9780099542070
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Vintage Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 942.055
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: x, 420 , 16 unnumbered of plates
Weight: 326g
Height: 197mm
Width: 127mm
Spine width: 30mm