2011 UK Release: The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian Mortimer

Just stumbled across this future release by Ian Mortimer on Amazon UK.  I don't see a release date for the US yet, but I will be sure to update you when I find it!

by Ian Mortimer

UK Release Date: October 6, 2011


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, Ben Jonson 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. He shows a society making great discoveries and winning military victories and yet at the same time being troubled by its new-found awareness. It is a country in which life expectatncy at birth is in the early thirties, children can be hanged for theft and Catholics persecuted for their faith. Yet it produces some of the finest writing in the English language and 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.



  1. This is definitely on my to read list when it get to the US. I love books like this. Thank you for sharing.


  2. I loved Mortimer's The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England, so I'll definitely be reading this new one. Thanks for the heads up on it, Amy. I'll keep my eye out for it.

  3. I have his medieval time traveller on audible book and i must say it is excellent. Under a pen name he also wrote the early Elizabethan novel Sacred Treason quite a reasonable piece of work.

  4. This book is a must-read in that it is something that I have always wanted to learn more about as to the daily lifestyle of all of the people of this amazing time period. Cannot wait to read this book as I'm sure I won't be able to put it down!

    Connie Fischer

  5. Thanks for sharing this. I loved the one on Medieval England, but the Tudor and Elizabethan periods are one of my favorite periods to study

  6. This sounds great because it would tell you what it was really like back then. I know it wasn't as glamourous as some books make it sound. Good find Amy.

  7. I love being able to find out the details of everyday life in the past. It gives a better understanding of the historical figures and events. Will be looking for the US release info.


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