My goal is to be one of the greatest literary giants in writing. Though my books do not sell, my goal now is to help those who are successful in writing, to become even greater.
Mortier brings the reader face to face with the conditions of real life, real smells, and real emotions of this turbulent era of Medieval History. I believe all A.P. World History Teachers should recommend their students buy this audio version. We are in a digital age, and print is now heard more than read or will be within 20 years. Mortier could bring this arte (art in Greek) effort to the Renaissance or the Byzantine Empire.
The Opening where he states: "Imagine you are in..." To be honest I have yet to finish this work, but it is so engaging the listener or reader is immersed in the time traveler narrative device Mortier places in our ears.
It is the pace Keeble brings to the peace which fits the historical context of the Opus. Jonathan Keeble does not try to be something he is not. He is, to be sure, a noted historian of us own right.
Yes this book is of great repeating value.
Although before listening, I was on the fence with this book... I found myself ranking it among my top reads/listens lately.
Mortimer presents the facts of the period alongside the concerns and questions one might ask in various situations. This approach to history truly puts you in the middle of Medieval England. A retelling of history that is as entertaining as any great historical fiction.
Exellent historical entertainment. Very well researched and conveyed in an entertaining yet enlightening manner. If you have ever wondered what it would be like to live in these times. Look no further.
My reading and listening tastes are eclectic.
This a lighthearted examination of the English Middle ages. It only examines the 14th century, but I would love reading more of this same type of book for the English renaissance, early middle ages, and the Victorian age. The narrator was good for the book and there was a touch of humor in the narration. I learned a few things I didn't know, and I certainly wish there had been "smell-o-vision" even if the author assured that I didn't.
I only wish time travel was possible so I could go.
I'll keep this brief. For work I don't enjoy, I usually do this, because there's no reason to browbeat. Sio, let's cut to the chase.
First, the delivery is under par. I expected more, and maybe that's my problem. It's a shame, as I love historical works. This is too shallow. Also, a HUGE problem is that the author has taken different periods in medieval England, and mashed his favorites together into one made-up view of his perceived history. Much of this didn't exist at the same time, sometimes decades apart, so actually, this is NOT a true historical view. Sorry, but that becomes fiction when an author attempts this - And when he or she does so, it is no longer historical. To call it such, is an insult to any listener.
Again, maybe that's MY problem, not yours.
When I delete an audiobook, there's a reason, and did I ever delete this one.
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I am an aficionado on the history of Europe and infatuated with the medieval ages. I have listened to many great works by multiple authors on the middle ages and none other capture what life/quality of life would be like for a person living in the middle ages. Most other works detail historical accounts, such as turning points in history, military battles, conquests, et. al, and focus primarily on the aristocracy; however, none really go into detail about what daily life would be like. Whereas other works might contribute a chapter or so at most on daily life, this book's entire premise is on quality of life. Ian Mortimer does an excellent job detailing everyday occurrences such as: where/how you eat, sleep, work, travel, education, lifestyle, health, cleanliness, law, demographics, daily hobbies/activities, sports, income, different types of professions, village/town/city setup, and many other things. A highly entertaining book, i give it my highest recommendation for anyone who is interested in Medieval quality of life.
I have not read the print edition.
There were many memorable stories in this book. The one I found most interesting was the description of how, for a time, the only sport approved by the king was centred on the use of the long bow. In fact, the approval was enforced through a penalty of death if a male engaged in another sport. Boys/men worked on their long bow skills every day from an early age. Having men with excellent long bow skills lead to England having one of the best standing armies of its day.
It's really not a book of scenes. Each chapter tells some aspect of Medieval life - from what each level of society ate to what they did in their recreational time. It was a fascinating listen.
I suppose I was moved by simply how tough life must have been for a peasant living in Medieval times. If the various famines or plagues didn't get you, something else would. At one time during the peak plague years, the median age in the society was 21 years old. Try to imagine what life would be like today if all you mainly encountered were youths with all the piss and vinegar that comes with that time in a life. Toto, we're not in Kansas any more!
This was one of the first audio books I have ever listened too. It was a fun romp through the audio spectrum. I hope Ian Mortimer makes an audio version of his Elizabethan Time Traveller book.