The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century
The past is a foreign country. This is your guidebook. A time machine has just transported you back into the fourteenth century. What do you see? How do you dress? 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? And more... show more
The past is a foreign country. This is your guidebook. A time machine has just transported you back into the fourteenth century. What do you see? How do you dress? 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? And more important, where will you stay? The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England 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. Through the use of daily chronicles, letters, household accounts, and poems of the day, Mortimer transports you back in time, providing answers to questions typically ignored by traditional historians. You will learn how to greet people on the street, what to use as toilet paper, why a physician might want to taste your blood, and how to know whether you are coming down with leprosy. The result is the most astonishing social history book you’re ever likely to read: revolutionary in its concept, informative and entertaining in its detail, and startling for its portrayal of humanity in an age of violence, exuberance, and fear.
Publish date: October 25th 2011
Pages no: 342
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Time Travel
, European History
, 14th Century
A great book for a history nut like me. I love the details and how Ian Mortimer illustrated the medieval times. I felt that I was on some kind of a guided tour, only that people couldn't see me. I was an invisible bystander with an audio guide. Fascinating times in history, but naturally, only so si...
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An excellent overview of England in the 14th century in the form of a guidebook. Overall it was very readable and entertaining, although some diagrams might have been useful in the clothing and fashion discussions since I wasn't always sure what the author meant. There were pictures but they were al...
I picked up this book because I thought it might include useful details for some writing that I am doing which is set in the late 15th century. My copy does not have the subtitle, "A Handbook for Visitors to the FOURTEENTH Century" on the front, as is shown. After some initial disappointment that th...
Ian Mortimer's "Time-Traveller's Guides" to medieval or Elizabethan England are both enjoyable and informative, and both are organized like travel guides: "what to see," "what to eat," etc. I enjoyed all of the medieval guide, but was most fascinated by the chapter "what to wear." I learned a gre...