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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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    Simone 08-09-16
    Simone 08-09-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Historical Factoids"

    My review of this book is the same as the other book in the series that covers Elizabethan England, except I am less wowed this time around since the novelty of the style has worn off a bit.

    I wrote:

    This book was so full of interesting facts it makes me wish I had a better memory!

    I enjoy learning new things; it's such a shame to think I'll only retain a fraction of this knowledge. I was riveted throughout most of it, although some topics interested me less than others so I can't say I hung on EVERY word - some passages were a little dry.

    The overall concept is fantastic and it's a brilliant way to educate one's self about this time in history.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 08-06-16
    Thomas 08-06-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Fun trip."

    As good as it was. I wish it would have been yet even MORE descriptive; with the sights, smells, sounds, and tastes. Even though it's historical, maybe a tiny bit of pure fiction as a demonstration of how things would've been like back then. Now that would have held my interest and excited me to learn more!

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    Amazon Customer 03-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "History at its best"

    Absolutely loved this book a must read always awesome book don't pass it up get now

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    NLSharp1943 12-03-15
    NLSharp1943 12-03-15

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    "Great entertainment and education."

    Worth listening to more than once. Will revisit again. Also recommending to my wife who will enjoy it as much as I have.

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    J. Fuge 11-23-15
    J. Fuge 11-23-15 Member Since 2017

    something better

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    "Cultural immersion in a long ago age."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I liked the perspective of the book. It is important to understand as much as possible from the periods point of view rather than judging it only from our current perspective.


    Any additional comments?

    On occasion, there was a bit of condescension in the narrators presentation which defeats the purpose of looking at the period through its own eyes.

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    Tyrus 11-02-15
    Tyrus 11-02-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Could not have asked for a better intro to Audible"

    Loved the book and the narrator made a potentially dry subject come alive cover to cover!

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    David in Hesperia 09-10-15

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    "wonderful book"

    This was absolutely the most informative work on this time period I have EVER encountered. Jam packed with historical tidbits I have never come across before. And given to you in such a captivating manner...

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    Bennett 06-18-15
    Bennett 06-18-15
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    "A fantastic and equally interesting and fun listen"

    for anyone who's interested in medieval England, I would absolutely recommend this book is a must listen. It was so much fun to listen to.

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    Candace 05-20-15
    Candace 05-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Just incredible"

    I thought this book was highly entertaining ! Just read it already. If you love history but don't want something too serious and boring this is for you.

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    John 05-06-15
    John 05-06-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Full of anecdotes and stories"
    What did you love best about The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England?

    I have been a teacher of history of England and France for over 40 years and found the flow and anecdotal information to be interesting, enlightening, and even more fun to listen.


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

    EVERY Chapter


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  • Thomas Swade
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    5/12/16
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    "Thoroughly interesting"

    So informative and fun at the same time. Very well read. I'm hoping for more of the same in the future

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  • Nick
    4/10/16
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    "Time travel at it's best!"

    I love the Time Traveller guides and have read and listened to most of them. a great book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hb2310
    Henley in Arden
    3/2/16
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    "Entertaining insight into an era of history"

    Enjoyed this in terms of learning more about what life was like then. Interesting overview

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  • Trialia
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    "Well-narrated, but painfully limited in scope."

    If you're a white male wanting to know what life might have been like for you if you travelled back in time to the 14th century, this book is probably great and you're likely to enjoy it as it immerses you in a life you *might* have lived. Even if you're a male of another skin colour, you still might.

    If you're a woman? Not so much. Mortimer has a very formal focus in his book, which means he looks at the world from the point of view of the biggest and best-known historical sources of the time. As is typical with the "best-known" historical sources - at least in terms of diarists and the like - prior to the late Victorian/early Edwardian era of the late 19th and early 20th century, most are from the viewpoint of a man, or at least published under the name of one. Admittedly, women's works were not published widely under female names before the late 17th century, with rare exceptions mostly being limited to religieuses.

    This does not, however, excuse Mortimer's lack of resource and/or content in finding or including detail about life as a woman in the 14th century to accompany the overwhelming mass of data, anecdata and detail that he includes about life as a man in that era. The book is far too heavily weighted in gender terms, and that makes it substantially less interesting to me. I have heard this is a flaw with his historical time-travel series in general, and witnessed it personally in his Elizabethan-era instalment. Where women's lives *are* mentioned, it is almost always in terms of their relationships to men or how they were treated or named by men of the time (and ways men of today should behave or are expected to behave when interacting with 14th century women!)

    The narration is the best thing about this book; though it's a little more formal than I should have expected for the approach taken by the author, it's still done very well indeed, and is quite appropriate to the material herein. I would rate the narration four stars, but the book itself only two. I am so disappointed in the book (and the author especially) that I plan to return it if I am permitted to do so.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Anne
    12/1/15
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    "Great listen"

    Very interesting listening. The narrator is easy to listen to and the book is informative but not stuffy.
    The various topics are well laid out with each chapter dealing with a different aspect of mediaeval life.
    I found that I could quite easily imagine myself back in the Middle Ages and I enjoyed comparing the facts learned from this book with various fictional books that I have read eg. Follett's Pillars of the Earth which I think was actually a very accurate portrayal of mediaeval England according to this book.

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  • Mrs`Anna
    9/12/15
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    "Insightful story of the past"

    This book is a refreshing change from the classic book that tells history from the views of Kings and Lords fighting wars.
    Ian Mortimer focuses on the real life of normal people going about their day to day business.
    What do people eat? How do they find love? How do they treat their children?
    It is this kind of information you will find within the narrative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    GB
    9/10/15
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    "Entertaining, educative, erudite"

    Follow this guide and you won't get lost in medieval England. Witty, brisque, descriptive but not boring, this book will take you into medieval world in quite a different way than most books of history do. It shows you spirit of the period and its inhabitants, both small and wider worlds they live in. You will meet them in public as well as will pay them a visit in their homes. You will have an opportunity to see them at least a bit as they see themselves, as the author has an ability to detach from himself prism of our time's perception. If you wish to know how life was in 13th century, listen to this book. The narrator did a good job and thanks to his abilities this book is easy to listen even to non-native English speaker.
    Recommended, will look for more books by this author.

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  • TonyR
    North Lincolnshire, UK
    8/5/15
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    "An easy to access history book"

    This is a history book, but written in a friendly accessible way. It does a lot of comparison between the modern day and the 12th century, and seems to cover all the areas you'd actually be interested in and leaves out all the boring stuff.

    I learnt a lot, enjoyed it greatly, and would recommend this book to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/26/15
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    "interesting concept and enjoyable informative list"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    For anyone interested in history and likes something a little different every now and then, then this book is for you.


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

    I haven't listened to an audio book quite like this before


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

    This book was amusing but thought provoking at the same time


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline S.
    7/20/15
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    "Accessible and vivid descriptions of life then"
    Where does The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best!
    Excellent - it engages one from the very beginning, and continues to fascinate with vivid descriptions of life in those times.
    I had never enjoyed history at school, but this audiobook painted a fascinating and enthralling picture of life in Medieval England.


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

    Probably Time Travellers Guide to Tudor England, because it approaches the subject in a similar way - ie it gets you to imagine you are living in that period, then builds and informs on a wide tprange of observations.


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

    His authoritative narration is what held my attention.


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

    Yes - it made me feel reassured! Because it provided a true sense of our history, which was quite different from any reaction I had from the history I was taught at school.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for opening up my understanding of our history through listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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