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The Time Traveller's Guide To Medieval England :  Visitors to the Fourteenth Century - Ian Mortimer

The Time Traveller's Guide To Medieval England

Visitors to the Fourteenth Century

Paperback Published: 1st December 2009
ISBN: 9781845950996
Number Of Pages: 368

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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.

Industry Reviews

"Superbly lively and filled with telling anecdote." -- Toby Clements * The Big Issue in the North *
"Amazing" * Alison Weir *
"He has a novelist's eye for detail, and his portrait of an England in which sheep are the size of dogs, 30-year-old women are regarded as so much "winter forage", and green vegetables widely held to be poisonous has something of the hallucinatory quality of science-fiction" * Daily Telegraph *
"[Mortimer] sets out to re-enchant the 14th Century, taking us by the hand through a landscape furnished with jousting knights, revolting peasants and beautiful ladies in wimples. It is Monty Python and the Holy Grail with footnotes, and, my goodness it is fun... The result of this careful blend of scholarship and fancy is a jaunty journey through the 14th Century, one that wriggles with the stuff of everyday life" * Guardian *
"This is not only an unusual book, but a thoroughly engaging one" * Literary Review *

Fantastic For Medieval Fans


This book is immensely entertaining and would amuse even those who despise the study of history. It is well written and allows the reader to imagine a world where chivalry and brutality are at their finest. Highly recommended for capable younger readers upwards.

Manjimup, WA


Exactly what the title says


I have purchased multiple copies of this for friends who enjoy history and the high school library. It is an engaging, well written insight into life as it would have been, well researched and written with an eye to the humanity that spans the centuries - the author does not patronise those who didn't have the benefit of our modern discoveries and education. In fact he evidently admires their resourcefulness. I love this book!



The Time Traveller's Guide To Medieval England

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Welcome to Medieval Englandp. 1
The Landscapep. 6
The Peoplep. 35
The Medieval Characterp. 59
Basic Essentialsp. 78
What to Wearp. 101
Travellingp. 122
Where to Stayp. 142
What to Eat and Drinkp. 166
Health and Hygienep. 189
The Lawp. 215
What to Dop. 246
Envoip. 289
Notesp. 293
Full titles of works mentioned in the notesp. 312
Illustrationsp. 318
Indexp. 321
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ISBN: 9781845950996
ISBN-10: 1845950992
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st December 2009
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1

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