The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain : Time Traveler's Guides

  • by Ian Mortimer
  • Narrated by Greg Wagland
  • Series: Time Traveler's Guides
  • 19 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

If you could travel back in time, the period from 1660 to 1700 would make one of the most exciting destinations in history.
It's the age of Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London, bawdy comedy and the libertine court of Charles II, Christopher Wren in architecture, Henry Purcell in music and Isaac Newton in science. In The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain, Ian Mortimer answers the crucial questions that a prospective traveller to 17th-century Britain would ask.

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What the Critics Say

"Ian Mortimer is a historical truffle hound.... Brimming with such gems, his book is a delightful read." (Sunday Times)
"Ian Mortimer manages to inform and delight in equal measure." (Bookseller)

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A Tour De Force of the Seventeenth Century!

Where does The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The 'top ten percent'! As with all Mortimer's Time Traveller's books this is another wonderful trip into a lost world that is brought to life through painstaking research and well utilised primary material/ sources. A brilliant book.


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- Bill

Informative, interesting and entertaining history

I greatly enjoyed the author’s Time Traveller Guide to the Medieval England and am glad to say that this guide to the latter part of the 17th Century, following the restoration of King Charles II, is equally engaging. The author has a lively style of writing well-suited to narration and this period of history is full of events and changes in society that make it a fertile source of material.

The author has collected a mass of personal stories that enable one to imagine what life was like. It’s remarkable just how much written material there is from this period, not least Samuel Pepys diaries which provide some of the colourful details, but he was not alone in keeping detailed accounts of the life and times.

Most accounts of history focus on monarchies, wars and major events, whereas this book also gives a lot of details of daily life: what work people did, what they ate, wore, how they got rid of bodily waste and managed when they were ill. The book is redolent with the smells and sounds of the time. There are interesting facts about what life was like in the different strata of society from the fabulously wealthy to the desperately poor.

The narrator does an excellent job.

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- Kirstine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-07-2017
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks