Friday, April 06, 2018

800 (2018 #23). The Time Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan England

by Ian Mortimer

I picked up The Time Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan England at my local library after listening to author Ian Mortimer's The Outcasts of Time.  The latter book is fiction in which the protagonists travel forward in time in England, from the Middle Ages to the 1940s.  This book, by contrast, takes the reader back in time and explores what everyday life was like in England in the period in the title (1558-1603).

Much as with a modern travel guide, Mortimer covers the landscape and people, religion, character, basic essentials, what to wear, traveling, where to stay, and what to eat and drink, as well as hygiende, illness, medicine, law and disorder, and entertainment.  Chapters have many subheadings, which makes the book easier to read in smaller chunks.  There are extensive end notes, a bibliography, and a thorough index.  I do wish the book had some maps and illustrations, though.

Mortimer has written three books in this "Time Traveler's Guide" series, the other two addressing the Medieval period (14th century) and the Restoration era (late 17th century).  I'd be interested in reading the other two.  I can see historical fiction writers who want to set their stories in England in these periods using these books as sources for the details needed to create a realistic setting.

© Amanda Pape - 2018

[This book was borrowed from and returned to my local public library.]

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