"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.
This book is so much fun..it brings history alive. I read the book first...this was better...I am waiting for the TV documentary because if no one picks this wonderful story up...then shame on them.
"A taste of a different world..."
Wow. A very interesting book, trying hard to take the reader back to the 14th century and appreciate to some extent what it might have been like to live then. In some ways, it seems familiar, and in so many others, it was a totally different world! At times very detailed and perhaps a little dry, but perhaps that's more my reaction to the level, matter-of-fact delivery by the narrator. Well-researched, extremely informative, well-organised and intriguing. If you're interested in medieval life, you'll almost certainly enjoy this.
"This is how History should be experience."
What a surprising and refreshing way to experienced history and a culture that is no more. I found this both entertaining and educational experience. With such excellent Audio Narration this is indeed an experience, and not some text you read in a history book.
All History should be written like this. Academic language used in traditional historic books dull the experience of the reader. Ian Mortimer has indeed set a benchmark to how History should be taught and experienced. Other History Writer could learn from the style of this Historic experience.
"Fab Frolic through Medieval England"
An excellent book!! I couldn't stop listening.
It is an excellent source of information about the medieval period. I have used it with my GCSE and A-Level History Students. They thoroughly enjoyed it as it made the past come alive and allowed them to get an in-depth look at life during that time.
"History Made Interesting & Accessible"
Typically, history books are pretty dry and unappealing reads at the best of times. However, the approach of this book was novel and original and therefore I thought I'd take a look.
I was not disappointed.
This is more like a guide book (as its title suggests) than a monologue on life in the 14th century and as such has a much wider appeal to those who might not consider this sort of work of interest.
The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century
is nonetheless an informative and entertaining read and will give the listener a real sense of what it was like to really live in that century. It places the listener as if you were actually there and points out all sorts of things about life back then you may not have thought about.
For those students of history this title is well worth a look as it is extremely detailed and well researched and will offer insights from a different point of view some history buffs may not have encountered before.
What really brings this book to life is the excellent narration by Jonathan Keeble . It is so naturally delivered that you might well think it's being recited from memory and is full of inflections and accents that really make it come to life.
Educational, insightful, entertaining and above all fun. This will teach you a thing or two and is worthy of your time.
I can't think of a bad thing to say about this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would struggle to think of why anyone wouldn't be fascinated by it. History brought to life. Nice narration too.
"One of the best books I have read in recent month."
Informative and entertaining this book gives a fascinating insight into this particular period of history. In addition, Jonathan Keeble's wonderful and skilled narration was totally enjoyable. Once started I could not 'put it down'.
"Time Traveller's Guide for epic geekage"
I purchased this item partly out an interest in the period and also as a writer of role play material. Others have comented on it merits for entertainment and accuracy so I will leave that to them. However for anyone who is involved in RPing of any kind set in a medievil setting this is a must have resource, it takes you into a world of sensory secription that will help you to write full and compelling worlds.