Sunday, October 19, 2014

Time Travel Is All The Rage Now

So I've been rather disappointed in most of the books I have read recently. Nothing really has stuck out as blog worthy, but perhaps I'm just getting old. I've been dealing with some pretty scary health concerns that seem to have finally taken a backseat so maybe I'll read something that will stick with me. However, I am prepping for NaNoWriMo this year and since I didn't make an offer on a house a month before starting I think I'll get it done!

This blog is going to go hand in hand with my last one about how I research so much, and since time travel is all the rage right now (all the cool kids are doing it) I thought I would share my favorite book on Elizabethan England thus far.

The Time Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian Mortimer

Haven't you wondered what the streets were like? What sites you might see on your way to London? Hell, Ian Mortimer even describes what the murky pits of sewer water would have smelled like and what sort of food you could find on Cheapside. What to know where the clothes itched the most? Or perhaps what sort of shampoo you use (if any at all). 

Honestly, for the better part of a year now I have been submerged in research of what life would have been like during this era, and this book has been my bible. 

I learned a long time ago that you can't trust Wikipedia…(Chuck Norris was listed as the Egyptian God of Awesome right under Ra) But it's so well organized. I like to check my facts so I use it as a starting point, but this book puts even that massive site to shame with it's reference list. Clearly Mr. Mortimer spent a great deal of his life researching and writing, and for that I'm thankful. 

I highly recommend it if you plan to write a book in this era because frankly The Tudors Tv Show just isn't enough. 

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