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!
I liked the perspective of the book. It is important to understand as much as possible from the periods point of view rather than judging it only from our current perspective.
On occasion, there was a bit of condescension in the narrators presentation which defeats the purpose of looking at the period through its own eyes.
This book was a feast! the various courses were well prepared and a joy to consume. Overall the meal was completely free of the normal cardboard quality and lack luster taste one frequently finds in history books.
Johnathan Keeble's delivery of this meal was excellent and greatly added to the overall experience.
This was absolutely the most informative work on this time period I have EVER encountered. Jam packed with historical tidbits I have never come across before. And given to you in such a captivating manner...
for anyone who's interested in medieval England, I would absolutely recommend this book is a must listen. It was so much fun to listen to.