It’s Friday, the weather looks set to possibly behave in the manner we expect for the beginning of June and I intend to go home and relax before the start of the weekend.
And tonight I’m going to be incredibly traditional and sit in front of my television set.
Last year, UA client Ian Mortimer published a fascinating book called The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England. Being a history fiend I of course devoured it and loved the vivid evocation of 16th century life in Britain. The book was brilliant and unsurprisingly has made the transition from page to screen.
Tonight, at 9pm on BBC2, Ian explores the fact that, instead of the popular idea of all Elizabethans being courtiers in fine clothes living it up in lavish palaces, many people were horribly poor. He offers advice on how to survive on a wage of fourpence a day, and examines the realities of finding work, getting around, and living in a smoke-filled countryside hovel.
There’s a great extract on the BBC website where Ian talks about medicines which include worms, mercury and the powdered skull of a man killed in war. You can watch it HERE.
And don’t make any plans for the next couple of weeks as there are 2 more episodes to go, unless of course you want to be modern and watch it on iPlayer instead.