[Review] The Time Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian Mortimer

The Time Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan England

Title: The Time Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan England
Author: Ian Mortimer
Publisher: Viking, Penguin Group June 27, 2013
Genre: Non-fiction
Theme: Society and culture during Queen Elizabeth I reign.
Format: Hardcover
Age: Adult
Pages: 416
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Public library

Summary:

"The historian is always a middleman: the facilitator of the reader's understanding of the past."
Ian Mortimer is the facilitator, for a journey into the history of life during Queen Elizabeth I reign. From the landscape, to what people ate and drank, how they traveled, what type of homes they lived in, diseases and medical care, how they felt about Elizabeth, religion, and character traits of people.

My Thoughts:
I was anxious to read this book after recently reading The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England.
My review of book: http://impressionsinink.blogspot.com/2013/08/review-time-travelers-guide-to-medieval.html

I enjoyed reading this book! The author knows the subject matter and can convey it to the reader without being as dry toast.

What I loved about this book (what I learned) and why I gave it a 5 star review:
  • I'd never read a book about Elizabethan England where I learned how the people felt about life. The people of this era looked upon life in practical or logic terms. For example: never-mind if the land is beautiful, will it grow crops for me to eat?
  • Lengthy list of trades or jobs that common people worked.
  • Page 77 gave me disheartening advice at "How to Survive in a Religious World".
  • Individualism grows. 
  • Racism was in Europe during 1600s before slavery. 
  • Detailed information about clothing worn. Did you know women did not wear underwear?
  • Chapter twelve, "What to Eat and Drink". What they ate, how they acquired the food, how they prepared it, what they ate it in, how they preserved food, and what economic class you were in determined what you ate.
  • Breakfast began during this period. 
  • The choice of drinking glass was symbolic of your social status.
A favorite quote:
"History is not really about the past; it is about understanding mankind over time." 
Link @ Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Time-Travelers-Guide-Elizabethan-England/dp/0670026077/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1379005540&sr=1-2&keywords=ian+mortimer+the+time+traveller%27s+guide+to+elizabethan+england
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