The Time Traveler’s Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian Mortimer
It is very easy, especially if you’re a speculative fiction fan, to think that you’ve got a handle on medieval and Elizabethan England. After all, both are the major baselines for most fantasy (the former more than the latter, although that’s changing a bit these days) and both are wildly popular settings for historical fiction of every stripe. But it ends up being one of those things you think you know about, but realize you have never actually sat down and properly looked at. As I always say, there’s no excuse for ignorance once you’ve been alerted to it, so when I was asked if I would review The Time Traveler’s Guide to Elizabethan England, I leapt at the chance.