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A Traveller in Time: 04/21/08

A Traveler in Time

You'll probably notice the different spelling. I'm going with the British spelling as A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley is a British novel. As the title implies, the novel is a time travel story but the time travel is a method for uniting the present (1934) with a wonderfully told historical fiction set around the Babington Plot.

Penelope Thacker is a bit fey as apparently all the Penelopes in the Thacker family and she begins to experience things from the past but try as she might, she cannot change them. As Penelope begins to live half her life in the past she learns how to live in the 1580s. Alison Uttley fills the world of the Thacker Manor with the mundane details of running a home and farm along with the big events surrounding the imprisoning of Mary Stuart.

Uttley's novel has enough historical information to teach the basics of the Babington Plot without hitting one over the head with facts, dates and figures. Readers knowledgeable of the events will enjoy filling in the missing details. Readers not as familiar with the history can still follow along and enjoy the time travel aspects of the novel.

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Comment #1: Saturday, April, 26, 2008 at 16:45:00


For some reason, Mary Stuart has always fascinated me. I think she would have been somewhat annoyingly self-centered and dull in person, but in history and in fiction, she is perversely intriguing. "

Comment #2: Saturday, April, 26, 2008 at 10:17:11


I have to admit that Mary Stuart wasn't what lured me to the book. I read it for the time travel but I did learn a little history in the process of reading the book. "

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