The Time Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan EnglandBook - 2012
From the author of The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England , this popular history explores daily life in Queen Elizabeth's England, taking us inside the homes and minds of ordinary citizens as well as luminaries of the period, including Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Sir Francis Drake.
Organized as a travel guide for the time-hopping tourist, Mortimer relates in delightful (and occasionally disturbing) detail everything from the sounds and smells of sixteenth-century England to the complex and contradictory Elizabethan attitudes toward violence, class, sex, and religion.
Original enough to interest those with previous knowledge of Elizabethan England and accessible enough to entertain those without, The Time Traveler's Guide is a book for Elizabethan enthusiasts and history buffs alike.
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The Landscape (towns, the countryside, London)
The People (population, age, social order[Queen Elizabeth, nobility, gentry, professions, merchants, traders, and townsmen, yeomen, husbandmen, and countrymen, poor], women)
Religion (Atheism, Elizabethan Settlement of 1559, establishment of Protestant England 1559-1569, confrontation with Catholicism 1570-1603, confrontation with Puritanism 1570-1603, how to survive in a religious world)
Character (violence and cruelty, bribery and corruption, wit, literacy and printing, education, knowledge of the wider world, attitudes to foreigners, racism, scientific knowledge, superstition and witchcraft, a sense of history)
Basic Essentials (languages, writing, identity and forms of address, time, units of measurement, shopping, money, work, and wages, manners and politeness)
What to Wear (women's clothing, women's hair and headwear, women's accessories, makeup and perfume, men's clothing, men's hair and beards, men's accessories, nightwear, cleaning clothes)
Travelling (road transport [coaches, the state of the roads, bridges, horses, finding your way ], river transport, seafaring [types of ships, seamanship, life at sea])
Where to Stay (inns, stately homes, rural houses [the yeoman's house, worker's houses], town houses)
What to Eat and Drink (mealtimes, food in a wealth household, food in a middling household, food in a poor household, what to drink [wine, beer and ale])
Hygiene, Illness, and Medicine (sanitation [household cleanliness, bodily cleanliness, oral hygiene], illness [plague, other diseases], medical care in the home, medical practitioners)
Law and Disorder (the heart of justice, the criminal underworld, secular courts, punishments, getting away with it or the process of crime detection, ecclesiastical law [moral offences ])
Entertainment (sightseeing, alehouses and taverns, games, outdoor sports [popular sports, baiting games], music and dancing, literature [poetry, the theatre])
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