The Time Traveler's Guide to Restoration Britain

A Handbook for Visitors to the Seventeenth Century: 1660-1699
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Product Number: DD33598
Released: Aug 15, 2017
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ISBN: #9781541409798
Narrator/s: Roger Clark
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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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? Ian 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.

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Author(s): Ian Mortimer
Genre: History

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Author(s): Ian Mortimer
Narrator(s): Roger Clark
Genre: History
Product Number Z100124392
Released: Aug 15, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781541429796

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"Mortimer's guide to Britain in the late 1600s, while dense with information, mostly avoids dryness or dullness, strongly assisted here by Clark's personable and intelligent reading. Clark's British-accented voice is deep, craggily resonant, and likeable. He takes on the role of the time traveler's amiable companion, conveying the sense of strangeness that a real time-traveler might experience, and lending nuanced reactions to the material: surprise, amusement, sympathy, dismay. He signals the occasional joke by tone and pauses, without overemphasis. His reading is energetic, bringing vitality even to occasional long lists of facts and statistics. Much of the book is highly interesting, but the listener is carried happily through even the drier sections by Clark's energy, spirit, and good cheer. W.M. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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