The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England
by Ian Mortimer
Editor: Vintage Publishing
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The past is a foreign country, it is your guideWe think of Queen Elizabeth I of the reign (1558-1603) as a golden ageBut what was it really like living in Elizabethan EnglandIf you could travel back in time and walk the streets of London in the 1590s, where would you like to stayWhat would you like to eatWhat would you wearDo you really want to have a sense of being glorious ageAnd if so, how does that glory sit alongside the vagabonds, the diseases, the violence, the sexism and the famine of timeIn this book, Ian Mortimer reveals a country where life expectancy is in the early thirties, people continue to starve to death, and Catholics are persecuted for their faithYet he produced some of the most beautiful writing in the English language, some of the most magnificent architecture, and saw Elizabeth settling in America and touring the globeWelcome to a country that is, in all its contradictions, the melting pot of the modern world.
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