This fantastic book is so much more fun to listen to then the staged medieval/prehistoric fact/fiction slashies I'm normally stuck with when trying to draw myself into the past. Very very enjoyable - and I don't have to worry about the veracity!
Just brilliant. Covers so many subjects, from food,drink, transport, social attitudes, costume, trade, law, , medicine, disease, housing and social hierarchy, showing the author's vast knowledge.
What a great listen. There is so much information in this riveting book it deserves to be a classic.
I have listened to this in the car, then rewound the ipod and listened to the same piece again at night before bed.
This book takes you into the medieval times with such clarity and understanding. It is a joy to share.
This is well worth the listen
"A fantastic listen"
This is a reall interesting book, describing the life of our medieval ancestors in a very accessible way. I found the descriptions fascinating and the book was narrated beautifully by Jonathan Keeble - exactly the right tone and pace for me.
"Medieval world brought to life"
An interesting fact filled pleasure to listen to with that "un-put-downable" factor. So good I bought the Elizabethan book! Go ahead enjoy a good read.
In my forties now i hated history at school, but felt i needed something to keep up with my young daughters never ending questions on the subject. This was surprisingly good, infact i will go as far as to say i really enjoyed it and will certainly listen to more from this author.
A fantastic book read by an equally fantastic reader! Mr Keeble obviously really enjoyed reading this book, his enthusiasm is evident all the way through and it's so easy to get pulled along with him and laugh with him too.
It's so interesting finding out about how our ancestors lived, worked and died all those years ago and Ian Mortimer writes in such a way that you don't want the book to end. Highly recommended!
"Gripping and immediate!"
I found this book so fascinating that I listened to it twice in a row! Ian Mortimer gives an immediate and gripping account of Medieval England, described as though you are walking through its very streets. The enormity of the Black Death, the horror of leprosy, the din of the trumpets going into battle, the taste of potage and the merriment of dancing hand in hand - all are brought home to the listener in vivid colour, as though you are standing on the spot watching on. Its a great introduction to the period and the narration is excellent too.
"Very enlightening for the novice"
The is a brave attempt to bring the middle ages to life, and it mostly works. I say mostly partly because the narration is a bit, well, square! It’s all a bit monotone and not how the author probably intended. But if you can ignore this then it is a very good and enlightening introduction to this period.
The book is broken up into short chapters which concentrate on a particular subject such as dress, or houses, or social structure. And it contains enough entertaining little facts to make you smile from time to time, so it does not become too heavy. Enough to make you want to find out more, or just to make your next visit to a historic site more interesting.
However anybody expecting something as entertaining as Bill Bryson’s Short History of Nearly Everything will be a bit disappointed. A worthy read all the same if you want to find out more about this period.
"A stroll through history"
This is an excellent book, and the narrator remains engaging and informative throughout.
What is striking is how very similar life in the medaevil time was to life today. People still worked for bosses who kept the lion's share of any profit, took trips to see famous sights where they bought souvenirs, saw doctors who were basically making it up as they went along, and if accused of a crime, found the burden of proof to be upon themselves to prove their innocence.
I especially enjoyed the chapters on travelling around the country and the sights and people you were likely to meet, and the way the book explodes many long-held myths about life in the 14th Century.