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
"A jaunty journey through the 14th century, one that wriggles with the stuff of everyday life." (Guardian)
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.
Exceptionally interesting and well presented monologue covering a period of interest for me. The author touches on the "why" as well as the "what".
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.
There was a lot of interesting information about the time period that I didnt anything about.
The people in medieval England called the stream where they dumped their waste "Shitbrook"
There were no characters.
Go back in time without leaving your chair
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
yes, i have several times. Always interesting and engaging. you catch things you missed the first or even the second time.
the narration is engaging and the qualitiy of the product is excellent
I have listened to this audio book 4 complete times now
Well constructed and well read. I have the book too. Best overview I have found.
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.
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.
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.
Got nothing better to do than to listen to 2 books a week
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!
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.
No - but I would download any Audible.com selection he reads solely on this recitation.
Time Travel to the 14th Century
I want more "Time Traveller" books to different centuries!
"time travellers guide to medieval england"
A fascinating and enthralling journey through the ups and downs of life in medieval england. It looked at things from an unusual perspective and made you think more deeply about life then and now. It was enjoyable and light hearted at times and didn't condescend . Jonathan Keeble's voice was easy to listen to and enhanced the words.
"Enjoyable and refreshing history book"
I really enjoyed this book and its narrative history slant. There are a few choice words (entirely in context) so be careful if, like me, you decide to listen to the book in the car with children present!
It is read very clearly and with great character too which added a lot to my enjoyment of this book.
"Great and Informative"
Loved this book It was the first book I purchased on audible.It is very informative and the narrator is easy on the ear. I cleared my whole garden last summer whilst listening to this
certainly made that chore easier!
"History brought to life"
The title of this audio book is perfect. The listener is transported back in time and left to take in the sounds, sights and smells of medieval England. The clothes, the food, the bed bugs are all there right in your face, as if you are really there.Such an experience of history - not simply a list of facts to remember - '1066 and all that'- is remarkable and unlike anything I have read before. This audio book shows just how exciting history can and should be when told and taught with great skill and empathy for the listener.
"If Only My History Lesson's Had Been Like This."
I adore this audiobook, to me it conjures up smells and the atmosphere of a fascinating era. It reminds me of a History teacher in my junior school, he made lessons fun and so interesting that you absorbed the knowledge that has stayed with me to this day. It is such a shame my secondary teachers did not have this skill.
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
"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.
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