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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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By Marc-Andr? on 05-13-10

Detailed, Interesting and Entertaining

This book takes you by the hand and teaches you everything you need to know if you were to time-travel to medieval England, hence the title. Sometimes I almost felt the narrator walking by my side along the road, pointing at various places, people or events, stopping from time to time to explain some concept of medieval life that my 21st century brain might have trouble to comprehend.

Also, Mortimer succeeds in going into detail while keeping the listener entertained and attentive.

Finally, the narrator's voice is warm and clear, which is a big plus for me as English isn't my primary language.

A great read. I recommend this book to anyone who wonders what life would be if we were born in those times instead of our own.

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By Linda Vible on 01-15-11

Loved It!

I love this time period in England and stumbled across this book recently while browsing for something new. I felt as if I had gone back in time and had my own personal tour guide who took the time to point out a lot of little details often left out of other medieval history books. I have listened to this book several times and never get tired of "looking" at medieval England while my guide answers all my questions.

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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By Marvin on 06-01-09

A fascinating listen

As someone who has an interest (albeit fairly 'amateur') in medieval history, I found listening to this audiobook both fascinating and informative. It is very well written and read out and a must for all those interested in social history.

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32 of 32 people found this review helpful


By Nicola on 10-21-09

Excellent and informative

So many history books only focus on the major events in their given time. This book takes you down to the nitty gritty of every day life in Medieval England. It is well written and beautifully narrated. I would thoroughly recommend it.

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By Lawrence on 01-15-15

A fascinating glimpse into human nature

Fascinating to see that what shaped humans in the 14th c still shapes them now. The insight that we have not changed very much at all since then (a point that the author is not really trying to make), makes the book worthwhile on its own. The insights into law, corruption, vice, day to day existence and the social structure from serf to Kung and everything else is also wonderful. Well told and absorbing thanks to the skilled narrator and excellent writing.

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By elaine on 11-02-17

Great book.

Total immersion into another time and place. I loved it.
The narrator was easy on the ears too.

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