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.
Dr Ian Mortimer is the author of the bestselling Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England, eight other books and many peer-reviewed articles on English history between the fourteenth and eighteenth centuries. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and was awarded the Alexander Prize (2004) for his work on the social history of medicine in seventeenth-century England. In June 2011, the University of Exeter awarded him a higher doctorate (D.Litt.) by examination, on the strength of his historical work. He also writes historical fiction, published under his middle names (James Forrester). He lives with his wife and three children on the edge of Dartmoor, in Devon. For further information about him and a full bibliography, see his website- www.ianmortimer.com.
Ian Mortimer manages to inform and delight in equal measure. -- Sue
Baker * The Bookseller *
As Mortimer puts it, "sometimes the past will inspire you, sometimes it will make you weep". What it won't do, thanks to this enthralling book, is leave you unmoved -- Kathryn Hughes * Mail on Sunday *
With Shakespeare on hand to give us extra insight into how Elizabethans saw themselves (and what they - often to our eyes inexplicably - found funny), and a society playing out its growing sense of self-awareness as it tiptoes to a modern age, the stage is set for a fresh and funny book that wears its learning lightly -- Rebecca Armstrong * Independent *
Mortimer brings the same depth and flair to the age of Shakespeare and the Virgin Queen. From dental hygiene to table manners, the findings fascinate - even if we don't wish that we were there * Independent i *
Mortimer's book has something for everyone... His curiosity is boundless and his profound scholarship is leavened by a sense of fun -- Christopher Silver * Daily Express *