Hold your noses – it’s the Elizabethans!

Ian Mortimer prepares prospective time travellers for the sights, sounds, smells and tastes that will await them in the 16th century

A woodcut showing the interior of a kitchen in Elizabethan England. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the March 2012 issue of BBC History Magazine 

Traditionally, the past is something we look at from afar. The very act of ‘doing history’ is one of reaching for something that has gone and is therefore, by definition, out of reach. Therefore it is hardly surprising that we approach its remains objectively, picking over them with a pair of metaphorical tweezers.

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