The Time Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan England

The Time Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan England

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The author of The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England takes you through the world of Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth I

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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780670026074
Branch Call Number: 942.055 MOR
Characteristics: xx, 393 pages


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Oct 11, 2017

This book was a fun yet informative read. It was really interesting throughout the entire thing. It also covered a variety if different things that might be required by a time traveler during Elizabethan England. It was equally as good as the other book in this series that I have read.

Jul 08, 2016

Another fun entry in a very charming series that has an interesting premise as the reader as a time travelers. And of course as readers like time travelers we are outsiders. I considered myself pretty knowledgeable about English history but there were lots of details new to me.

Apr 19, 2015

Brilliant. I love this time in history so it was really interesting to hear what it really would have been like.

Aug 13, 2014

Or, "how not to die in Elizabethan England". This was a very interesting and entertaining read which didn't sacrifice either for the other.

Jan 10, 2014

Learned so much more about Elizabethan England. A dense but pleasurable read if you are interested in this time line. Worth the effort.

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Oct 11, 2017

csrestall thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over


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Oct 11, 2017

It is difficult to give a full summary of this book however I shall list all of the topics/chapters.
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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Oct 11, 2017

Violence: Discusses torture, beheading, robbery, rape, murder etc.


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