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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

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

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wonderful

Where does The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Although before listening, I was on the fence with this book... I found myself ranking it among my top reads/listens lately.

What did you like best about this story?

Mortimer presents the facts of the period alongside the concerns and questions one might ask in various situations. This approach to history truly puts you in the middle of Medieval England. A retelling of history that is as entertaining as any great historical fiction.

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  • daniel
  • ottawa, ontario, Canada
  • 03-05-12

Very Interesting

Exellent historical entertainment. Very well researched and conveyed in an entertaining yet enlightening manner. If you have ever wondered what it would be like to live in these times. Look no further.

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By God's Bones! Cry Honor!

By God's Bones!!
Call me a drassok or a fopdoodle or even a poopdoddy! I so gleefully fling my chingers at this author, in thanks.
This book may be a fearbabe, but a good one it be!
Gramercy to ye beauteous story reader!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A Fun Approach to History

This a lighthearted examination of the English Middle ages. It only examines the 14th century, but I would love reading more of this same type of book for the English renaissance, early middle ages, and the Victorian age. The narrator was good for the book and there was a touch of humor in the narration. I learned a few things I didn't know, and I certainly wish there had been "smell-o-vision" even if the author assured that I didn't.

I only wish time travel was possible so I could go.

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  • Jim
  • United States
  • 04-23-12

Step into the Time Machine

If you could sum up The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England in three words, what would they be?

Fascinating. Insightful. Thorough.

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

It's like being taken on a guided tour of 14th Century England. Exactly as advertised.

What about Jonathan Keeble’s performance did you like?

If I were to go, I'd want Jonathan Keeble telling me about what I was seeing. The perfect companion.

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

I was sad when it was over. I want more!

Any additional comments?

I only hope Ian Mortimer takes us on other trips to other centuries and I hope when he does Jonathan Keeble tells us about it.

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Warning - This Is Not A True Historical Work...

I'll keep this brief. For work I don't enjoy, I usually do this, because there's no reason to browbeat. Sio, let's cut to the chase.

First, the delivery is under par. I expected more, and maybe that's my problem. It's a shame, as I love historical works. This is too shallow. Also, a HUGE problem is that the author has taken different periods in medieval England, and mashed his favorites together into one made-up view of his perceived history. Much of this didn't exist at the same time, sometimes decades apart, so actually, this is NOT a true historical view. Sorry, but that becomes fiction when an author attempts this - And when he or she does so, it is no longer historical. To call it such, is an insult to any listener.

Again, maybe that's MY problem, not yours.

When I delete an audiobook, there's a reason, and did I ever delete this one.

Save your credits for a better read.

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  • B Rose
  • Ivins, UT USA
  • 02-21-18

Terrific Book!

Listening to this book was such a blast I listened twice! Made me feel like I was right there walking through the streets. It doesn’t get much better than Jonathan Keeble narrating it! He is superb!

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Entry into a new world

Brilliant idea very well executed. This period is so foreign and there are so many surprises in how differently we conduct our everyday lives that we perhaps lose sight of what hasn’t changed so much. The book is rich in detail, makes extraordinary use of contemporary sources, and focuses on the workaday world we can relate to. Not a period I will time travel to! Fascinating.

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A must read for English genealogy researchers.

Facts presented by genealogy research is typically dry of feeling unless the events are current in the writer’s experience. This is a marvelous book to use for an understanding of the lives represented by dry facts. A MUST READ!

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I just wish it was longer. Loved it.

Full of detail, well read, fascinating insights and illustrations. Ian Mortimer seems to have this subject well in hand.

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  • Matt Stagg
  • 10-28-11

A real journey into the past

If only the authorities made this style of presenting history mandatory in our schools.....Ian Mortimer really brings out the way in which England worked in the 14th Century. Interestingly, and unusually, this book covers not only the gentry, but the lives of the everyday man, woman and child, whose stories are often untold.

I am not a monster of history, so can commend this book to anyone who has a modicum of interest in learning a bit about how we got to where we are.

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  • Ken
  • 10-19-11

TIME TRAVELLERS GUIDE

IMPOSSIBLE TO STOP READING.I REFER BACK TO IT ALL THE TIME AND CONSTANTLY FIND PASSAGES THAT HOLD MY INTEREST AND EXPAND MY KNOWLEDGE.DON'T MISS THE CHANCE TO ENJOY THIS WELL WRITTEN AND EYE OPENING TREATISE.

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  • Knucklebones
  • 08-10-14

Two stars off for the lack of proper chapters!

A very interesting if rather over-long 'rough guide' to medieval England, going into immense detail about every aspect of life in the 1300s. It certainly gave me a very good flavour of how life would have been and in particular made me more aware of Edward III and his achievements (such as introducing English as the official language at court). Some sections were much more interesting than others, but generally it kept its grip throughout.

I thought the narrator was OK - at times his delivery was a little too fast when dealing with quite detailed information so I had to scroll back to hear it again; at other times it was just teetering on 'dry as dust'. I'm not sure, though, whether a more dramatic narrator would have fared better with reeling off such a wealth of detail.

At almost 12 hours' running time this is an immensely long and generally enjoyable listen, but it was almost wrecked for me because it's been lazily chopped up into arbitrary 35-40 minute segments, making it almost impossible to find a particular section again or relocate my latest listening point. Usually I'd only deduct one star for this failing, but in such a long audiobook it makes it very hard work when every 'chapter' starts somewhere in the middle of a section.

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  • Michael
  • 11-05-11

Quite Interesting

I found this quite an interesting book. I do wonder if I might have taken it in a bit more reading it rather than listening to it but it was still good and you'll find yourself coming out with various nuggets out of it either with friends or colleagues. Narration was fine.

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  • "geordiemoozy"
  • 02-20-18

Informative and enjoyable

I thought this was a good take on the history book covering the people who aren't the Kings or Archbishops. A good length, holding my attention without getting too bogged down in any single subject. I started with this period, but after this experience I will probably get others in the series in the next few months...

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  • Mattie
  • 01-15-18

Fascinating

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will listen to it again. The detail of 14th century England is amazing

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-01-18

Excellent & Immersive.

A right romp through History! An excellent way to visit the past and learn what it was like!

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  • nic
  • 12-13-17

Throughly enjoyable

A brilliantly descriptive insight to how life was in 14th century, some comparisons to why and how things are now in the 21st century. Very interesting, have listened a couple of times and will do again and again. This book seems to cover everything, from fashion to food, law to local and national customs. Utterly loved it.

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  • Carrie Bilson
  • 11-09-17

wonderful!

completely loved it from start to finish! the narrator fits the style perfectly and found it humorous, light hearted yet thought provoking. learnt so much!

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  • Dolly
  • 09-15-17

Excellent book

What did you like most about The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England?

The fact that it made you feel you were there, visiting the fourteenth centuary.

What did you like best about this story?

The detail of information.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

All of it!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Most definately.

Any additional comments?

The narration was superb.
I have enjoyed it so much I'm listening to again .