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The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to… (2008)

de Ian Mortimer

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A time machine has just transported you back to the fourteenth century. What do you see? How do you dress? Where will you stay? How do you earn a living and how much are you paid? What sort of food will you be offered by a peasant or a monk or a lord? This is not your typical look at a historical period. This radical new approach shows us that the past is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be lived. All facets of the everyday lives of serf, merchant, and aristocrat in this fascinating period are revealed, from the horrors of the plague and war to the ridiculous excesses of roasted larks and medieval haute couture.--From publisher description.… (més)
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Life in medieval times was a lot different. I think I prefer reading about to living it! ( )
  Nefersw | Jan 14, 2022 |
I love Ian Mortimer's writing because he really humanizes history. It really makes me think what it would be like to live in such a time. ( )
  JessicaReadsThings | Dec 2, 2021 |
The idea behind this book is good: writing about the 1300s in England as though the book were a travel guide for time travellers. This approach lends itself to more lively writing and consideration of the past as dynamic rather than static. However, I felt the book could have leaned into the “travel guide” format a lot more than it did — most travel guides have fun little sidebars and Top 10s and maps and other tidbits throughout their pages. Obviously it wouldn’t be possible to include photos, but perhaps some of the images from the glossy insert could have been inserted within the text.

This is still a good book if you’re into English history and want insights into the lives of actual people, so I wouldn’t discourage you from reading it, but it’s definitely more of an accessible regular-history book than a true history-as-travel-guide. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Sep 12, 2021 |
4.25 stars

This is nonfiction. The “time traveller” in the title is the reader; the “guide” is, of course, the book. The book takes us back in time to 14th century England, and walks us through, telling about the places (countryside, cities, towns), the people (classes of people), what they wore, what they ate, how they travelled and where they might stay (inns, people’s houses, which of course are different depending on the person’s wealth and rank). Basics like languages, the calendar and time, money and measurements. There are chapters and health and hygiene, as well as the law and what people did. Some things changed between the early and late 1300s and some of this is described, as well.

I found this so interesting. There is so much detail to immerse you into this time and place in people’s daily lives. And I do like the way it’s set up, with the reader “time travelling” there. I feel like this is the setting for (or at least bits and pieces are) many role-playing games, as well as much fantasy, whether on purpose or not. It turns out this is a series! I will definitely be continuing. ( )
  LibraryCin | Aug 29, 2021 |
Honestly, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. When I picked it up, I thought I would give it a try because the concept was interesting and different, but I wasn’t too hopeful about it. My expectations, however, were exceeded as Ian Mortimer really made history into an easily understood story. I highly recommend this book as a read for those interested! ( )
  historybookreads | Jul 26, 2021 |
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The pleasure of reading Mortimer's "The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England" is its Fodor's-style framework. "A travel book about a past age allows us to see its inhabitants in a sympathetic way," writes Mortimer, "not as a series of graphs showing fluctuations in grain yields or household income but as an investigation into the sensations of being alive in a different time."
afegit per bongiovi | editaWashington Post, Aaron Leitko (Feb 14, 2010)
 
Ian Mortimer doesn't hold with any fancy notion about the past being impossible to know. Not for him the postmodern practice of confining historical discussions to the sources and letting "once upon a time" take care of itself. What Mortimer wants is living history, loud and close. In The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England he 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 is a book that, like his biography of Henry IV, fascinates and frustrates in equal measure. By far the best sections are those in which Mortimer stays truest to his conceit, and writes as though his ideal readers really are time-travellers, peeping out through the doors of their Tardis at a world which unsettlingly mixes the familiar and the bizarre. 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.

 

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The past is a foreign country—
they do things differently there.

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For my wife, Sophie,

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Despite the similar title, this book is not part of Flame Tree Publishing's series of Time Travellers Guides to London.
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A time machine has just transported you back to the fourteenth century. What do you see? How do you dress? Where will you stay? How do you earn a living and how much are you paid? What sort of food will you be offered by a peasant or a monk or a lord? This is not your typical look at a historical period. This radical new approach shows us that the past is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be lived. All facets of the everyday lives of serf, merchant, and aristocrat in this fascinating period are revealed, from the horrors of the plague and war to the ridiculous excesses of roasted larks and medieval haute couture.--From publisher description.

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