If you could travel back in time, the period from 1660 to 1700 would make one of the most exciting destinations in history. The Civil War is over - a new era has begun. It is the age of Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London, bawdy comedy and the libertine court of Charles II. Christopher Wren's architecture fills London's skyline, Henry Purcell's music resounds and Isaac Newton dominates scientific advance.
But what would it really be like to live in Restoration Britain? Where would you stay and what would you eat? What would you wear and where would you do your shopping? The third volume in the series of Ian Mortimer's best-selling Time Traveller's Guides answers these questions.
Dr Ian Mortimer is the Sunday Times best-selling author of The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England and the Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England, as well as four critically acclaimed medieval biographies. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1998 and his work on the social history of medicine won the Alexander Prize (2004).
Sunday 22nd October 11.00am
Dorset County Museum
All of us in the Hardy Society were very positive about 'our' first night and the subsequent events. I thought Tony's event with Rachel and Dinah worked very well with interesting conversations from the both of the women.
You and Paul must be very happy with the positive way Dorchester people are continuing to embrace the Festival, and in impressively increasing numbers. Congratulations to both of you.
Next year's dates are already in our diaries and we are looking forward to meeting up with you soon to discuss our involvement.
It is really great to have a Literary Festival in Dorchester and I really appreciate all the hard work that goes into making it happen.
...Enjoyable, engaging, enthralling...
Paul was an excellent interviewer, and I loved the format. Great audience, acoustics...
William and I had a very interesting and often hilarious time putting (our presentation) together – fortunately we both wanted to be thoroughly prepared, so we refined and refined… we enjoyed ourselves, aided and abetted by the helpfulness of you and yours behind the scenes, the warmth of the audience, and the pleasantness of the setting. Speaking at your festival was an altogether happy experience. I only wish I had managed to organise listening to many of the other talks, which I really wanted to do… Many congratulations to you and all your team, and all wishes for Festival no. 3!
Very well organised, excellent variety in terms of author and presentation. Favourite was Tony Robinson, but I also really enjoyed Julia Shaw (memory very thought provoking), Richard Dannatt (good solid start to festival) JOHN Wright (local and good humour) Alison Weir (such research and knowledge) and Victoria Hislop (novel in a different style).