History’s greatest tour guide is back. And he’s ringing the changes.
In a contest of change, which century from the past millennium would come up trumps? Imagine the Black Death took on the female vote in a pub brawl, or the Industrial Revolution faced the internet in a medieval joust – whose side would you be on?
In this hugely entertaining book, celebrated historian Ian Mortimer takes us on a whirlwind tour of Western history, pitting one century against another in his quest to measure change. We journey from a time when there was a fair chance of your village being burnt to the ground by invaders, and dried human dung was a recommended cure for cancer, to a world in which explorers sailed into the unknown and civilisations came into conflict with each other on an epic scale.
Here is a story of godly scientists, shrewd farmers, cold-hearted entrepreneurs and strong-minded women – a story of discovery, invention, revolution and cataclysmic shifts in perspective.
Bursting with ideas and underscored by a wry sense of humour, this is a journey into the past like no other. Our understanding of change will never be the same again – and the lessons we learn along the way are profound ones for us all.
Praise for TheTime Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England:
‘After The Canterbury Tales this has to be the most entertaining book ever written about the middle ages’
‘The endlessly inventive Ian Mortimer is the most remarkable medieval historian of our time’
Praise for The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England:
Mail on Sunday
‘A delightful book, full of busy research lightly worn’
‘His curiosity is boundless and his profound scholarship is leavened by a sense of fun’
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