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The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England

The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England - Ian Mortimer

bookshelves: nonfiction, history, tudor, autumn-2013, dip-in-now-and-again, under-500-ratings, paper-read, published-2012, tbr-busting-2013

Read from November 07, 2013 to January 02, 2014

Purchased in Princes Street.

This book is dedicated to my daughter,
Elizabeth Rose Mortimer.

Opening: It is a normal morning in London, on Friday 16 July 1591. In the wide street known as Cheapside the people are about their business, going between the timber-covered market stalls.

3* The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England
TR The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England

Who do we meet along the way?:

William Hacket[aka nose biter], also known as Hackett (died 1591), was an English puritan and religious fanatic, who claimed to be a messiah and called for the removal of Queen Elizabeth I. He was executed in London after being found guilty of treason.

Raphael Holinshed was an English chronicler, whose work, commonly known as Holinshed's Chronicles, was one of the major sources used by William Shakespeare for a number of his plays.

From the description: 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.

Totally enjoyable dip in-dip out read so I am curious why, what with all the declared and avowed Tudor fans out there, this has under 500 ratings. Come on peeps, this really is worthy of your time.