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The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century

The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century

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By (author) Ian Mortimer

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 190mm x 26mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 3 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1845950992
  • ISBN 13: 9781845950996
  • Illustrations note: col. Illustrations, col. maps
  • Sales rank: 1,601

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The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there...Imagine you could travel back to the fourteenth century. What would you see, and hear, and smell? Where would you stay? What are you going to eat? And how are you going to test to see if you are going down with the plague? In The Time Traveller's Guide...Ian Mortimer's radical new approach turns our entire understanding of history upside down. History is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be lived, whether that's the life of a peasant or a lord. The result is perhaps the most astonishing history book you are ever likely to read; as revolutionary as it is informative, as entertaining as it is startling.

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Dr Ian Mortimer is the author of the bestselling Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England, eight other books and many peer-reviewed articles on English history between the fourteenth and eighteenth centuries. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and was awarded the Alexander Prize (2004) for his work on the social history of medicine in seventeenth-century England. In June 2011, the University of Exeter awarded him a higher doctorate (D.Litt.) by examination, on the strength of his historical work. He also writes historical fiction, published under his middle names (James Forrester). He lives with his wife and three children on the edge of Dartmoor, in Devon. For further information about him and a full bibliography, see his website: www.ianmortimer.com.

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By Penny Cunningham 19 Aug 2010 5

What a little gem this book was! Full of information about the 14th Century and what you would expect if you went time travelling!
It gives information on buildings, food, clothes, the law and the dreaded Plague that was rife at the time.
It is told in an easy to read, lighthearted style and gives you just a taste of what it would have been like to live then. I would really like to find out more now!

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"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 "After The Canterbury Tales this has to be the most entertaining book ever written about the middle ages " -- Sue Arnold Guardian