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The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England Audiobook

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

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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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    Amazon Customer 01-28-15
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    "Fascinating way of looking at the past"

    I've truly enjoyed this historical travel narrative. It was different from most history books because of how it was presented , and was incredibly fun to listen to. The narrator did an excellent job and I very much liked his voice. I found it a great way to get an idea of what the 14th century was like. It doesn't go into great detail if you're already familiar with the period, but for someone like me who is just starting to explore the history of medieval England, it was perfect!

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    Elizabeth Stevenson 01-11-15
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    "What a trip!"

    I throughly enjoyed this book. As an American, the history of England (and Europe) feels a little overwhelming with so much to take in. Learning from the perspective of "living it", at least for me, was a great way to explore a world that seemed so foreign and bring it to life. A definite must in your library for your studies of English history.

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    Cecilia 11-20-14
    Cecilia 11-20-14
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    "Immersive and massively educational"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Covering every aspect of the prime era of Medieval England, this completely immersive book is amazing. Ian Mortimer puts you on the streets, describing everything from castles to commoners. If you're an Anglophile or a history fan, this one's for you.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    As an informative book, there was no particular character. England herself was the character, and she's beautiful in any era.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I've listened to both Mortimer's "Time Traveler's" books, and I prefer this reader to the one who did the Guide to Elizabethan England (but it was also brilliant)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Although everything is described in amazing detail, I still longed for a time machine so I could see it with my own eyes.


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    Dane County USA 11-01-14
    Dane County USA 11-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Cannot access part II"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England to be better than the print version?

    I am sure that both would be excellent if I could access Part II


    What did you like best about this story?

    I cannot say until Audible loads part II


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jonathan Keeble?

    I cannot say until I hear the whole book. This will not happen until Audible untangles the technical issues and gets part II to me.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I cannot have an opinion until Audible sends the rest of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Where is part II?

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    KRAMER New York, NY USA 06-27-14
    KRAMER New York, NY USA 06-27-14 Member Since 2014

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    "great"
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    I really enjoyed this...cool way to deliver historical information...if you're even remotely interested in this topic, I recommend you give it a listen

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    L. Walker 06-02-14
    L. Walker 06-02-14
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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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    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    8/13/13
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    "Take a copy when you travel"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A heartily recommend this book to anyone intending to travel back into the past. Informative and packed through with facts and stories to keep you interested.


    What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The narration is excellent, clear and with the tone just right.


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  • patrina
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    4/10/13
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    "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.

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  • PM
    Dorset
    4/7/13
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    "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.

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  • Karen
    Gravesend, United Kingdom
    1/1/13
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    "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!

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  • amazoncustomer
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    12/23/12
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    "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.

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  • Kelvin
    Shepperton, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "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.

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  • Kathy
    Peterborough, Cambs, United Kingdom
    11/9/12
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    "Brilliant"

    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!

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  • AgentMulderUK
    UK
    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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  • 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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