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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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    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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    Andrew Madison, WI, United States 03-27-15
    Andrew Madison, WI, United States 03-27-15 Member Since 2004
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    "A nice introduction to Medieval England"

    I enjoyed the interesting details of the times that I got from the book and had a lot of my own myths corrected. The framing device of being a tour guide for time travelers was fine, however the author seemed to feel the need to justify the device repeatedly, as if he was an academic wary of being accused of engaging in 'popular' writing without the most noble of intentions. All that was boring and pointless, but only made up a small portion of the book. Occasionally the narrative lapsed into lists and dates that were not very useful in an audiobook.

    I listened to the whole thing in 2x time and didn't feel like I missed anything as the reader was very clear and easy on the ears.

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    tiffany olympia,wa 03-12-15
    tiffany olympia,wa 03-12-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome if you love history"
    What made the experience of listening to The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England the most enjoyable?

    This book is incredibly easy to listen to. The narration is wonderful.


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

    The author really gets into the sights sounds and smell of life, and just draws you in. While I was super enjoyong all the descriptions, I ended with a new appreciation for present-day.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of those books that you can put on in the background while you're busy and if you miss a part, it's not absolutely crucial for you to back it up. It's interesting enough that I've probably listened to it 3 or 4 times...and will likely listen again sometime :) Overall, this book was well worth my time.

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    David Allen Mawby 02-22-15
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    "Excellent"

    I loved the way that Ian Mortimer organized and presented his material. Jonathan Keebler's reading brought the material to life. I give this Audio book five stars all the way around.

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    Mommyplantsalot East TN 02-05-15
    Mommyplantsalot East TN 02-05-15 Member Since 2015

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    "was simply about how things were"

    I've listened to many audio books about medieval Europe and have enjoyed them all, but most of them were filled with specifics about the monarchy and battles, etc. which is great but makes me have to rewind a lot to keep putting things in order. This book was fun be a use it doesn't go into a lot of specifics in that way, it just tells how exactly how life was back then. It was neat the way it's all done from the readers perspective as a traveller, literally involving all your senses. I'd love to listen to one just like it about ancient Rome! I really liked it and went through it very quickly. Now I have to wait a long time for my next Audible book. Thank goodness for Overdrive!!

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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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  • Suvi
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    "a must for me"

    As a middle age enthusiastic this was a must for me as soon as it was possible to buy on Finland. Not as good as actually being in the age and place myself, but almost.

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  • Susan Hemsley-Brown
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    12/10/16
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    "Will be listening to this again in the future"

    I will be listening to this again in the future as it was very enjoyable, I felt a bit sad when it finished :)

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  • Sarah White
    9/25/16
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    "Completely fascinating book"

    Completely fascinating book. I learnt something every minute. Loved it. If you've ever wondered what it was like living in the middle ages - this is the book for you.

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  • Tracy Gribble
    8/8/16
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    "Glorious writing and performance"

    This is one of the most enthralling books I've read for a while, and the best non-fiction book I have ever listened to. With topics as wide ranging as hygiene, justice, poetry, entertainment, personal relationships and even units of measurement this is a truly detailed look at C14th England.
    Jonathan Keeble's performance adds an extra level of fascination by bringing the people to life with fantastic accents - French cleric was a particular favourite! He is able to switch from narration to the court records or comic poetry just right every time. I wouldn't hesitate putting him in the category of "vocal artist".
    The only fault I have with this book is that it ended. I can only hope Ian Mortimer turns his hand to other centuries. I would love to see this made into a series.

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    7/28/16
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    "Very enjoyable"

    I listened to the book all in one session. I think that I will revisit some of the contemporary literature next.

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  • Thomas Swade
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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
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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!

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    Henley in Arden
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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.

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  • 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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