The Time Traveler's Guide to Restoration Britain

The Time Traveler's Guide to Restoration Britain

by Ian Mortimer
The Time Traveler's Guide to Restoration Britain

The Time Traveler's Guide to Restoration Britain

by Ian Mortimer



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Imagine you could see the smiles of the people mentioned in Samuel Pepys’s diary, hear the shouts of market traders, and touch their wares. How would you find your way around? Where would you stay? What would you wear? Where might you be suspected of witchcraft? Where would you be welcome? This is an up-close-and-personal look at Britain between the Restoration of King Charles II in 1660 and the end of the century. The last witch is sentenced to death just two years before Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica, the bedrock of modern science, is published. Religion still has a severe grip on society and yet some—including the king—flout every moral convention they can find. There are great fires in London and Edinburgh; the plague disappears; a global trading empire develops.Over these four dynamic decades, the last vestiges of medievalism are swept away and replaced by a tremendous cultural flowering. Why are half the people you meet under the age of twenty-one? What is considered rude? And why is dueling so popular? Mortimer delves into the nuances of daily life to paint a vibrant and detailed picture of society at the dawn of the modern world as only he can.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681774008
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 04/11/2017
Format: eBook
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 189,379
File size: 50 MB
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About the Author

Dr. Ian Mortimer has been described by the London Times as "the most remarkable medieval historian of our time." He is the author of The Time Traveler's Guide to Restoration Britain and Outcasts of Time, both available from Pegasus Books. He was awarded the Alexander Prize by the Royal Historical Society and is a Fellow of both the Royal Historical Society and the Society of Antiquaries. Please visit his website at He lives in England.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction 1

1 London 9

2 Beyond London 31

3 The People 55

4 Character 93

5 Basic Essentials 148

6 What to Wear 184

7 Traveling 210

8 Where to Stay 237

9 What to Eat, Drink and Smoke 258

10 Health and Hygiene 289

11 Law and Disorder 321

12 Entertainment 346

Envoi 403

Abbreviations used in the Notes 409

Notes 413

Illustrations 441

Index 443

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