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  • The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ian Mortimer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (329)

    Imagine you could travel back to the 14th century. What would you see? What would you smell? More to the point, where are you going to stay? And what are you going to eat? Ian Mortimer shows us that the past is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be lived. He sets out to explain what life was like in the most immediate way, through taking you to the Middle Ages. The result is the most astonishing social history book you are ever likely to read: evolutionary in its concept, informative and entertaining in its detail.

    Marc-Andr? says: "Detailed, Interesting and Entertaining"
    "Lukewarm (from the view of a romantic)"
    Overall

    The medieval time period is my all time favourite so when I saw this audiobook I was very excited. The author has a crisp English accent which helps with the time transport. I felt like a fly on the wall of a time machine. However I could have done without some of the boring details.

    Part of the fascination with medieval times is castles, maidens, knights, tales of sorcery and chivalry. The author lets you down with a giant thud covering these subjects. He gets into details of how medival times really were dispelling all of the glamour and myths that lure you into the time period in the first place. The truth was boring and dull. I learned more about being drawn and quartered than I would have liked.

    I would have also liked the author to spend more time on interesting things like hygiene. What did they use for toothbrushes? Hair brushes? Women's cycles? Child birthing/midwifery procedures? How did they take baths? etc. The author touches on these subjects lightly with diets of nobility and peasants, houses, disposal of waste etc but the focus was more on social hierarchy, customs, artists, wars and politics. The things that are necessary to learn about but BORING.

    I wanted to learn more about courtship. How did peasants and nobility court their prospective spouses? How common was it for peasants to become involved with nobility and vice versa? He touched on that frequently referencing Chauncer’s genius. I wanted more but it’s still a pretty good audiobook.

    9 of 19 people found this review helpful

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