Reviews

  • "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"

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  • "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