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
A really enjoyable and unusual event. I got a good feeling from it. And am so glad the Festival in general has gone well.
I'm now back at my desk after Ann Cleeves' mammoth book tour and wanted to send a note to say a huge thank you for hosting such a fantastic event for us. It was a definite highlight out of the 30 events!
Thank you very much for having me to the festival and making me feel so welcome.
I did so enjoy being with you and doing my stuff. I hope to see you again, though I am so busy I don't seem to have time for writing much at present! I am
sure your festival will go from strength to strength….
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!
I thoroughly enjoyed all six events I attended and would have done many more if my time had allowed. Congratulations to all the people involved for a very well organised event. I am most certainly looking forward to next year's events calendar- the dates are already in my diary.