The everyday realities and practical details of daily life in Elizabethan London, which most history books ignore - a Sunday Times bestseller.
Like its acclaimed predecessors, RESTORATION LONDON and DR. JOHNSON'S LONDON, this book is the result of the author's passionate interest in the practical details of everyday life - and the conditions in which most people lived - so often ignored in conventional history books.
The book begins with the River Thames, which - from its surly water-men, to its great occasions - played such a central part in the city's life.
It then moves on to the streets, houses and gardens; cooking, housework and shopping; clothes, jewellery and make-up; health and medicine; sex and food; education, etiquette and hobbies; religion, law and crime.
this is a book for ducking and weaving through.... this makes satisfying toilet reading - especially the bits about how private loos in the age of Shakespeare were even nastier than our nastiest public loos today. - THE DAILY TELEGRAPH - Christopher Bray
Liza Picard brilliantly captures the spirit of the age. - EXPRESS
ELIZABETH'S LONDON is satisfyingly rich and substantial. - AROUND THE GLOBE - Daniel Hahn