The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England

The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England

A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century

Book - 2009
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"The past is a foreign country- this is your guidebook. Imagine you could get into a time machine and travel back to the fourteenth century. What would you see? What would you smell? More to the point, where are you going to stay? Should you go to a castle or a monastic guesthouse? And what are you going to eat? What sort of food are you going to be offered by a peasant or a monk or a lord? This radical new approach turns our entire understanding of history upside down. It shows us that the past is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be lived. It sets out to explain what life was like in the most immediate way, through taking you, the reader, to the middle ages, and showing you everything from the horrors of leprosy and war to the ridiculous excesses of roasted larks and haute couture. Being a guidebook, many questions are answered which do not normally occur in traditional history books. How do you greet people in the street? What shou"
Publisher: London : Vintage Books, 2009, c2008
ISBN: 9781845950996
Branch Call Number: 942.03 Mor 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 344 p. :,col. ill., col. map


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Jul 25, 2016

I really enjoyed the perspective of this book. It was a really fun way to give facts about Medieval England. It was easy to understand and fun to read. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for practical information on this topic, and would like a fun way to learn about it. They touched on topics like, what to eat, what to do, the law, health and hygiene and many others.

Mar 24, 2015

Brilliant. I have always read alot of Fiction based in this era so it was really informative to read what it would really have been like. A very readable book.

Apr 03, 2014

Read this book!! Extremely well-written and clearly intended to be a light dip into a hundred years that can be easily read in two sittings due to Mortimer's use of the travel-guide format. He teases the reader enough that they will dig deeper into the primary material, if they so wish, and he provides a comprehensive bibliography so they can start. IMO this is the way to pave a way for those who want the info but don't need the degree. As a university student of English history several years ago, I can say I wish then I had Mortimer's book. I could have read it on Thursday, disappeared Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and explained to the class on Monday what they had all been trying to understand in their textbooks over the weekend! Great info in a small package.

WVMLStaffPicks Jun 04, 2013

Take a time machine back to the middle ages in England with this fascinating guidebook. I loved the engrossing and entirely believable descriptions of daily life—food, housing, clothing, medicine, law, entertainment, travel and social niceties. Mortimer’s work is both scholarly and fun to read. You will take away curious factoids such as, your class in life determined what fur you could wear, from ermine to rabbit, and until the 13th century there was no difference between the left and right shoes.

Oct 03, 2012

14th cedntury was a time of developing national character, and we learn how in england people lived their secure lives free from the ravages, looting, pillaging, and murders of the free companies in France. As one society collapsed another arose.
Mortimer is somewhat panglossian in ignoring the wool trade, the affect of loot coming from the continent, and the identity focusing efforts of people such as Chaucer. He offers us views of how people livied, worked,(even wages),, ettiquete,
etc as if everything was in its place and all was well. yeet the Black Deatn was upon innocents, inhuman tortures, wars, all came about under these nice circumstances. This is a good read, for two reasons, one, it gives a time frame perspective of a privileged, secure from invasion, people; and two it shows historians can write anything they want and ignore cause and effect with abandon.

Jul 27, 2012

Fascinating read about living in Medieval England in the 14th century. Chapters on the people of that time and how their beliefs were different from modern times yet in some ways very similar to us in that they loved music, storytelling, games, etc. Also covered is what to wear, where to stay, how to travel from town to town, what to eat and drink. The only chapter that I found difficult to get into was about the law at that time. It was during the 1300's that the Black Pague wiped out so many people in England and Europe; was a hard life for most of the population yet they were able to see the humor in life. An interesting footnote: the author met his wife while researching this book and they are now married with 3 children; how romantic!

Jul 18, 2012

Entertaining take on history: what you'll see, what you'd do if suddenly transported in time.

Jul 13, 2012

Jun 29, 2012

absolutely fascinating for anyone interested in this time period!

Jul 05, 2011

Ian Mortimer had me literally smelling the stink of Medieval England. Fascinating journey!

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Jul 25, 2016

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Jul 25, 2016

This book takes on the premise that someone from modern day has managed to use time travel to make their way to medieval England. The book then covers various topics that the time traveler might find useful, for example, What to Eat, Where to Stay, Health and Hygiene, The Law, What to Do, and many others. The book should provide enough information for said time traveler to be successful during this time period, and avoid persecution. Very enjoyable and interesting read.


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