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A Brief History of Life in the Middle Ages

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Narrated by: John Telfer
Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
Categories: History, European
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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.

©2009 Martyn Whittock (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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Really good book

I really enjoyed this book. one if the better history books I've read/listened to. Great reader, content was easy to listen to. Interesting all the way through.

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  • 11-27-16

Loved the Information.

Where does A Brief History of Life in the Middle Ages rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I enjoyed this book. It was just what I was looking for to answer some questions about daily life in the middle ages.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Brief History of Life in the Middle Ages?

I found the information about the daily life in England before the Norman Conquest really interesting.

What three words best describe John Telfer’s voice?

His voice was fine, but he tended not to pause or break between sections.

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

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  • Teresa Cooper
  • 05-07-15

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.

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  • Nick
  • 04-11-16

great book!

loved the gruesome details of life then, thank goodness i live now! chaucer was interesting.

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  • Valerie Kaye
  • 01-10-19

Life in the middle ages.

Thoroughly informative, provided all the information I wanted to know in regard to life in the middle ages. Will need to hear it again to fully absorb so much detail, but that's the beauty of the audio library availability.

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  • Charles Palmer
  • 08-27-17

christopher Hibbert...he ain't!!

well, where to start? My big objection to this book is that the author frequently imposes his contemporary views on the past. he appears obsessed with Feminism and is achingly politically correct. He also slips into revisionism. for example, twice he singles out the bad behaviour of English troops during the 100 years war. no mention of the French, Burgundian, Breton and every other soldier fighting during the period nor any acknowledgement that the Bordeaux French preferred angevin/English rule. instead, the war is passed on as some sort of colonial adventure.
Christopher Hibbert wrote '' The English' a social history which has yet to be topped imho.

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  • professor robin matthews
  • 09-20-17

Kennen had a great career. His diary disappointing

What could Martyn Whittock have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

He made the best of the book

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Ditto

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Kennen was a very astute man who wrote well
But not here

No comparison to the wonderful Maisky diaries in audible collections

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