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The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century | [Ian Mortimer]

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

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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, and startling for its portrayal of humanity in an age of violence, exuberance and fear.

©2008 Ian Mortimer; (P)2009 Isis Publishing Ltd

What the Critics Say

"A jaunty journey through the 14th century, one that wriggles with the stuff of everyday life." (Guardian)

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    L. Walker 06-02-14
    L. Walker 06-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Effectively "translates" England's 14th Century"
    What made the experience of listening to The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England the most enjoyable?

    For me, history comes alive when I can understand the world in which people lived. While there's not a lot of "story" here, Mortimer does a great job of painting a picture of what the century would have been like, especially coming from our perspective. He says that one cannot truly understand one's own century without first coming to know two others. I think that is true.


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    Farmer Fernandina Beach, FL, United States 05-14-14
    Farmer Fernandina Beach, FL, United States 05-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Everything you wanted to know about the 1300's"

    Exceptionally interesting and well presented monologue covering a period of interest for me. The author touches on the "why" as well as the "what".

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    barbara Brookside, Australia 09-09-13
    barbara Brookside, Australia 09-09-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Detailed and interesting - history come to life"

    This was a detailed and interesting book. The scenes were very well described and came alive in my mind as I listened. Very well written and read, with a touch of humour.

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    Christopher Dallas, TX, United States 04-03-13
    Christopher Dallas, TX, United States 04-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Really is a handbook for "visitors".. Lots of info"
    What did you love best about The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England?

    There was a lot of interesting information about the time period that I didnt anything about.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England?

    The people in medieval England called the stream where they dumped their waste "Shitbrook"


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Keeble – was your favorite?

    There were no characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Go back in time without leaving your chair


    Any additional comments?

    The book is a bit elementary but still an informative read. I do wonder if the premise is a bit far-fetched, but it seemed to work okay

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    Kiersten 03-13-13
    Kiersten 03-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "brilliant"
    Would you listen to The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England again? Why?

    yes, i have several times. Always interesting and engaging. you catch things you missed the first or even the second time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the narration is engaging and the qualitiy of the product is excellent


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the beginning


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to this audio book 4 complete times now

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    Sheila Milladore, WI, United States 02-26-13
    Sheila Milladore, WI, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A trip to the middle ages without needing to pack"

    Well constructed and well read. I have the book too. Best overview I have found.

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    Sallie 02-21-13
    Sallie 02-21-13
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    "Hard for me to get into this"

    I keep going back and try to listen and finish this. It is very interesting but I enjoy it more in bits and pieces and not all in one "listen." Eventually I am sure that I will finish it, a little at a time.

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    Yevhen Zolotukhin 02-19-13 Member Since 2009
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    This is the history book it should be.
    I can't find enough good words to compliment Mr Ian Mortimer.

    It's read in good and live language, it has just enough details about every aspect of late medieval life in England. It's not too wide in it's subject and it's not too narrow. Yet it has some new information for every one.
    The reader would especially appreciate that no descriptions of scotts are given, Since no one book can adequately paint the life of both people. It's concentrated on subject and is good at it.

    Highly recommended

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    Geraldine A. Strasser Dorchester, MA United States 02-12-13
    Geraldine A. Strasser Dorchester, MA United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fascinating details of ordinary life!"

    If you enjoy reading medieval and Tudor-era biographies or novels, this book is a wonderful complement. Mortimer provides a fascinating insight into the lives of ordinary people that lived during this time: their cuisine, clothing and many other aspects of daily life, some of which will seem truly bizarre from a modern perspective! This book really brings the era to life.

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    Denis Hato Rey, Puerto Rico 01-30-13
    Denis Hato Rey, Puerto Rico 01-30-13 Member Since 2014

    Got nothing better to do than to listen to 2 books a week

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    "Travel 700 Years Into The Past - First Class!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England the most enjoyable?

    The narrator deftly balanced delicate humor with reflective amazement (to we 21st century dwellers) about this epochal century - plus his English accent made me feel he was talking about his ancestors!


    What other book might you compare The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England to and why?

    The "Time Traveller" concept is unique - but the historical treatments of other Audible.com selections of Constantine and the French Revolution and Isaac Newton's England come close.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Keeble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No - but I would download any Audible.com selection he reads solely on this recitation.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Time Travel to the 14th Century


    Any additional comments?

    I want more "Time Traveller" books to different centuries!

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  • AgentMulderUK
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    10/7/12
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    "Brilliant"

    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.

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  • Barbara
    HOGNASTON, United Kingdom
    6/19/12
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    "A masterpiece"

    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

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  • Tracie
    Bradford, United Kingdom
    6/7/12
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    "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.

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  • Alan
    Walsall, United Kingdom
    5/31/12
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    "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.

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  • Lisa
    Lamberhurst, United Kingdom
    4/24/12
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    "Surprisingly good"

    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.

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  • Altaira
    TRURO, United Kingdom
    4/4/12
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    "Wonderful!"

    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!

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  • Margaret
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    1/10/12
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • chris
    Barnstaple, United Kingdom
    10/18/11
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    "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.

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  • Colin
    WATFORD, United Kingdom
    10/12/11
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    "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.

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • stephen
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    9/30/11
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    "Amazing"

    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.

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