A fascinating new portrait of Medieval Britain that brings together the everyday and the extraordinary. Using wide-ranging evidence, Martyn Whittock shines a light on Britain in the Middle Ages, bringing it vividly to life. Thus we glimpse 11th century rural society through a conversation between a ploughman and his master. The life of Dick Whittington illuminates the rise of the urban elite. The stories of Roger 'The Raker' who drowned in his own sewage, a 'merman' imprisoned in Orford Castle, and the sufferings of the Jews of Bristol reveal the extraordinary diversity of medieval society.
Through these characters and events - and using the latest discoveries and research - the dynamic and engaging panorama of medieval England is revealed. Martyn Whittock is Head of Humanities and History at Kingdown School, Warminster. He is a lecturer in local history and has written numerous textbooks for the educational market. He has been a consultant for the BBC, English Heritage, and the National Trust and has written for Medieval History magazine and archaeological journals.
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I enjoyed this book. It was just what I was looking for to answer some questions about daily life in the middle ages.
I found the information about the daily life in England before the Norman Conquest really interesting.
His voice was fine, but he tended not to pause or break between sections.
"Back in the dark ages. "
A good history, well written and researched and well read. With each chapter moving smoothly into the next. Well worth the read.
loved the gruesome details of life then, thank goodness i live now! chaucer was interesting.
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