Despite the great public appetite for knowledge about life in Tudor England, until Steve Gunn
undertook a huge study of coroners' records, we knew very little about how people lived — and died.
Some of his findings shine new light on famous figures, such as the family of William Shakespeare.
Others show how ordinary people lived — at work, at home, travelling or relaxing. They reveal the
similarities and contrasts between dangers faced by our ancestors and those in modern life. The
research has inspired enormous public interest, and it has also provided a historical perspective for
organisations concerned with the implementation of health and safety policy.