The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain: Life in the Age of Samuel Pepys, Isaac Newton and The Great Fire of London (Paperback)Ian Mortimer (author)
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The past is a foreign country: this is your guidebook.
If you could travel back in time, the period from 1660 to 1700 would make one of the most exciting destinations in history. It is the age of Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London; bawdy comedy and the libertine court of Charles II; Christopher Wren in architecture, Henry Purcell in music and Isaac Newton in science - the civil wars are over and a magnificent new era has begun.
But what would it really be like to live in Restoration Britain? Where would you stay and what would you eat? What would you wear and where would you do your shopping? The third volume in the series of Ian Mortimer's bestselling Time Traveller's Guides answers the crucial questions that a prospective traveller to seventeenth-century Britain would ask.
How much should you pay for one of those elaborate wigs? Should you trust a physician who advises you to drink fresh cow's urine to cure your gout? Why are boys made to smoke in school? And why are you unlikely to get a fair trial in court?
People's lives are changing rapidly - from a world of superstition and religious explanation to rationalism and scientific calculation.
In many respects the period sees the tipping point between the old world and the new as fear and uncertainty, hardship and eating with your fingers give way to curiosity and professionalism, fine wines and knives and forks. Travelling to Restoration Britain encourages us to reflect on the customs and practices of daily life - and this unique guide not only teaches us about the seventeenth century but makes us look with fresh eyes at the modern world.
'Ian Mortimer is a historical truffle hound... The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain is just such fun to read... Mortimer writes with real freshness and enthusiasm,... His book is a delightful read.' - Sunday Times
‘Full of questions - how to dress, how to get around, what time breakfast is’ - The Sunday Telegraph
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 355 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 29 mm
'Ian Mortimer is among the best: a conjuror who is always bright, engaging and well-informed... Any tour of late 17th-century Britain is guaranteed to be exhilarating. And with Mortimer in charge, one always travels first class' - John Adamson, Mail on Sunday
'Ian Mortimer is a historical truffle hound... The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain is just such fun to read... Mortimer writes with real freshness and enthusiasm,... His book is a delightful read.' - Andrew Holgate, Sunday Times
'This entertaining tourist guide brings the late 17th century alive...The latest Time Traveller's Guide will entertain and inform anyone with an interest in this extraordinary period' - Andrew Taylor, The Times
'Thoroughly entertaining... It is crammed with insights, facts and enjoyable anecdotes, which create a sense of the experience of living in Britain between 1660 and 1700... This is a compelling book and one of considerable erudition... This is the book that will provide the most richly colourful account of Britain in this period' - William Gibson, History Today
'Everything you wanted to know about these fair isles between 1660 and 1700... Exciting times.' - John Lewis-Stempel, Sunday Express
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“Save money and choose Restoration Britain as your next travel destination - all you need is this informative guide!”
This immersive experience of Restoration Britain is an extremely pleasurable read. I greatly enjoy the Time Traveller's Guide series - it's a brilliant concept, and expertly executed by Mortimer. The style... More
“A worthy sequel”
If you've read any of Ian Mortimer's guidebooks to the past, you'll know what to expect and his new book on Restoration Britain certainly lives up to the heights of his other titles. Following the same... More
“Immersive history - from your armchair!”
This is a history of all the people - the Kings (and their many hangers-on, wives, and mistresses), the rich and the poor - and it is the history of their whole lives - what they eat, wear, do for fun and where... More
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