The Time Traveller’s Guide to Restoration Britain
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.
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… His book is a delightful read.’ Sunday Times
Everything you wanted to know about these fair isles between 1660 and 1700... Exciting times. -- John Lewis-Stempel * Sunday Express * 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 * 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 * 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 * 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 *
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