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Publisher's Summary

What was it actually like to live in Elizabethan England? If you could travel to the past and walk the streets of London in the 1590s, where would you stay? What would you eat? What would you wear? Would you really have a sense of it being a glorious age? And if so, how would that glory sit alongside the vagrants, diseases, violence, sexism and famine of the time? In this book Ian Mortimer answers the key questions that a visitor to late 16th-century England would ask.

©2012 Ian Mortimer (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd

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  • Georgina
  • 12-14-14

History from the ground up

Would you consider the audio edition of The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England to be better than the print version?

Having a complex non-fiction book on audio is not something I thought could work. But the lively narrative style of this history of Elizabethan England means it is easy to follow without becoming lost.

What other book might you compare The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England to, and why?

The previous title by the author, The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England, employs the same perspective on history - that of the average person, rather than the elevated view of Kings and courtiers.

Any additional comments?

Well worth a listen if you have an interest in history in general, or in the Elizabethan age.

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  • Deborah Wyman
  • 10-21-14

Simplistic yet interesting

What did you like most about The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England?

I liked this book as it focused on the ordinary lives of people at the time; how they lived day to day life, how they thought and viewed the world.

What does Mike Grady bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Very well narrated, definitely ignited my imagination.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No. It is a book on facts regarding the period of the time. It is meant to read as a 'guide' and therefore very little emotional content.

Any additional comments?

This is a 'light' read. It would be perfect for younger listeners as it is easy to follow and no complicated terminology or pretentiousness. At the same time it is not patronising or simplified.

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  • Mrs
  • 03-25-14

Elizabethan England Revealed

Would you listen to The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England again? Why?

Yes, so much to learn and absorb

What was most disappointing about Ian Mortimer’s story?

It did not claim to tell a story it was a collection of facts with some glimpses into the lives of the Elizabethan populace

Which character – as performed by Mike Grady – was your favourite?

I feel the point of this booked has been missed. It is not a storybook with a list of characters. Rather, it is informing the listener about the circumstances of the people living at all levels.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, it is not that kind of book. You could be interested in finding out how people cleansed their hair, clothes and bodies. You could be horrified by the punishments given for various crimes. Most of all you could be deeply interested in the life experienced by the people. What they ate, how they passed their leisure time etc.

Any additional comments?

I look forweard to reading the previous book written by this author.

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  • Mary
  • 12-18-12

Excellent

Even better than the guide to middle ages. Really demonstrates that the Elizabethan age contains the seeds of modern Britain. Loved it.

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  • AgentMulderUK
  • 11-08-12

Pretty good but not as good as the medieval one



Very interesting and covers all areas from fashion, transport, religion, class, cities, disease, etc, etc.



Similar in format to the Medieval book , but as one other reviewer pointed out, quite a few statistics that are neither here or there really in such an outline history.



The narrator is not quite as good with the occasional word being enounced very softly leading to rewinds. But overall just fine with such a long book.



Hope he writes more!