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10 March 2012

On My Wishlist #3

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly meme hosted over @ Book Chick City. I have so many on my wishlist but found it a bit tought to find even two for this week. I thought I'd add the blurb on goodreads for it too just incase anyone else likes the look of it and wants to add it to their wishlist! The books chosen can be old, new or coming out soon, so head on over to Book Chick City if you want to link your post up via Mr Linky and check out all the other On My Wishlist's.

The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England - Ian Mortimer:

We think of Queen Elizabeth I as ‘Gloriana’: the most powerful English woman in history. We think of her reign (1558-1603) as a golden age of maritime heroes, like Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Richard Grenville and Sir Francis Drake, and of great writers, such as Edmund Spenser, Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson and William Shakespeare. But what was it actually like to live in Elizabethan England? If you could travel to the past and walk the streets of London in the 1590s, where would you stay? What would you eat? What would you wear? Would you really have a sense of it being a glorious age? And if so, how would that glory sit alongside the vagrants, diseases, violence, sexism and famine of the time?

In this book Ian Mortimer answers the key questions that a prospective traveller to late sixteenth-century England would ask. Applying the groundbreaking approach he pioneered in his bestselling Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England, the Elizabethan world unfolds around the reader.

He shows a society making great discoveries and winning military victories and yet at the same time being troubled by its new-found awareness. It is a country in which life expectancy at birth is in the early thirties, people still starve to death and Catholics are persecuted for their faith. Yet it produces some of the finest writing in the English language and some of the most magnificent architecture, and sees Elizabeth’s subjects settle in America and circumnavigate the globe. Welcome to a country that is, in all its contradictions, the very crucible of the modern world.

I love love love the cover to this book! It is so cute. I have Ian Mortimer's Time Travellers Guide to Medieval England, and I've read a little of it and he writes about history in such an exciting way. You really can imagine that your standing on the street that is being described, smelling all of the aromas and seeing the fascinating sights. I'd love to get my hands on this book not only because its beautifully presented but because I love history and would love to learn some more interesting info.

Theft of Swords (The Riyria Revelations #1) - Michael J. Sullivan:

Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, make a profitable living carrying out dangerous assignments for conspiring nobles--until they are hired to pilfer a famed sword. What appears to be just a simple job finds them framed for the murder of the king and trapped in a conspiracy that uncovers a plot far greater than the mere overthrow of a tiny kingdom.

Can a self-serving thief and an idealistic swordsman survive long enough to unravel the first part of an ancient mystery that has toppled kings and destroyed empires in order to keep a secret too terrible for the world to know?

And so begins the first tale of treachery and adventure, sword fighting and magic, myth and legend.

Yet another fantasy series that I want to get my hands on! I've heard some great stuff about this series and really want to read them but I had not having enough funds! Come birthday and christmas I will have a very very long list of books to check off my wishlist! 

What's on your wishlist this week? x


  1. The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England sounds fab, giving a real feel to history!

    I'm curious as to where in Wales you live - my family lives just outside Cardiff :)

    1. I live in one of the south wales valley's close to merthyr tudful, about an hour's train ride from cardiff :)

  2. Yes on the last one :D it was a great fantasy series

  3. Oh, my! These sound very interesting! I'd love to travel to the past! *-*

  4. Oh My. The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England looks right up my alley. The Riyria Revelations sounds great too.
    Thanks for sharing.

    My wishlist: The Riyria Revelations

  5. Necronomicon and Weird Tales by Lovecraft, we got both those tomes at the store and Im hoping no one buys them till I manage to save to get them haha :D


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