TV Worth Watching: Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England

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TV Worth Watching: Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England 

What would you need to know if you were time traveling back to Elizabethan England? What would you need to learn to move among the poor, the rich and the up-and-comers in 16 Century Society. Learn it all in this excellent documentary series with Ian Mortimer, writer of the books of the same name.

I love series like this. They are given the time to fully explore a period of history or a section of science or the arts without ignoring huge swathes of history or important information. I am alway keeping watch for new, similar documentaries from the BBC. They rarely fail to entertain as well as inform.


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“Ian Mortimer transports viewers back to Elizabethan England and reveals, in vivid detail, a living, breathing Tudor world. Viewers learn how ordinary Tudor housewives turned plants into medicine, how the middle classes kept themselves clean using linen cloths, how the poor made pottage, how cooks of the rich devised recipes for new ingredients, and how Tudors learned to read and write.” — BBC


From the author of one of the biggest-selling history books of recent years, the follow-up to The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England. The past is a foreign country — this is your guide.

We think of Queen Elizabeth I as ‘Gloriana’: the most powerful English woman in history. We think of her reign (1558-1603) as a golden age of maritime heroes, like Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Richard Grenville and Sir Francis Drake, and of great writers, such as Edmund Spenser, Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare. But 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 prospective traveller to late sixteenth-century England would ask. Applying the groundbreaking approach he pioneered in his bestselling Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England, the Elizabethan world unfolds around the reader.” –

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