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.
By God's Bones!!
Call me a drassok or a fopdoodle or even a poopdoddy! I so gleefully fling my chingers at this author, in thanks.
This book may be a fearbabe, but a good one it be!
Gramercy to ye beauteous story reader!
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.
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My review of this book is the same as the other book in the series that covers Elizabethan England, except I am less wowed this time around since the novelty of the style has worn off a bit.
This book was so full of interesting facts it makes me wish I had a better memory!
I enjoy learning new things; it's such a shame to think I'll only retain a fraction of this knowledge. I was riveted throughout most of it, although some topics interested me less than others so I can't say I hung on EVERY word - some passages were a little dry.
The overall concept is fantastic and it's a brilliant way to educate one's self about this time in history.
As good as it was. I wish it would have been yet even MORE descriptive; with the sights, smells, sounds, and tastes. Even though it's historical, maybe a tiny bit of pure fiction as a demonstration of how things would've been like back then. Now that would have held my interest and excited me to learn more!