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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,944 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian Mortimer Narrator: Jonathan Keeble Publisher: ISIS Audio Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN:
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Imagine you could travel back to the 14th century. What would you see? What would you smell? More to the point, where are you going to stay? And what are you going to eat?

Ian Mortimer shows us that the past is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be lived. He sets out to explain what life was like in the most immediate way, through taking you to the Middle Ages.

The result is the most astonishing social history book you are ever likely to read: evolutionary in its concept, informative and entertaining in its detail, and startling for its portrayal of humanity in an age of violence, exuberance and fear. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corinne | 2/10/2014

    " This was a breath of fresh air to a historical field that can sometimes be a tad bit stale in it's depictions of medieval life. Mortimer's text was originally going to be a fun read for me but amazingly it fit in well with my thesis, so I am now including it as one of my sources. His sense of humor makes this a delightful and fun read and it truly transports you to a time that we could only wish to experience (for a day or two, at any rate!). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaye Ogram | 2/7/2014

    " I enjoyed this book very much. I love to read medieval history and this clarified a number of questions for me. I would have lived the opportunity to view more illustrative pictures (I loved the ones in the book). I would recommend this book to anyone interested in medieval England. I love my travels to the 14th century!!! B "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 2/4/2014

    " A good survey history book. It doesn't go very deeply into any particular subject, but does a good job of laying a groundwork of basic information. The premise is similar to Matyszak's 'Ancient Rome on Five Denarii a Day' but not as cleverly played with. Mortimer frequently reminds you that you are not really a time traveler in the 14th Century and that this is a mental exercise....which spoils the fun of the book a bit. However there is a lot more information covered than in Mortimer's books, so it's an even trade off. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meagan | 1/17/2014

    " I really loved this book. I've been fascinated with medieval England for as long as I can remember so when I got this book for Christmas I was excited! I had only read about 100 pages into it when I started school and didn't get around to it until four months later so picking it up again was a bit confusing since it does refer back to the previous chapters a lot. But that is on me and not the author. I liked how this took the ideal of navigating your way through Medieval England in a new way with exploring it yourself. I'm not really that much of a survey knowledge person so the first few chapters or when ever the author would explain the view from some point I would get a little lost. It also was a bit easy to get disinterested in the book when the parts would get a little dry, especially around the time where he was describing the Laws & happenings of the time. But over all I really enjoyed and loved this book. This needs to be a series of books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheezstk | 12/31/2013

    " This was an absolutely fascinating book. This is what I really find intriguing about history. What were people's lives like? How did people live? What did the eat? Earn a living? What did they do for fun? I wish there were time-traveler's guides for every time period and every place across the globe! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Earl Bartholomew | 12/31/2013

    " A very good book for those with a interest into Medieval society and customs of the time period. Book had a excellent set up as one chapter set you up and prepared you for the next one so you always would know the terminology. I have always had a keen interest with Medieval Europe so I had no option but to pick this up. I finished this book within 2 to 3 days of getting it. The only flaw I found personally was the book at times was tedious to read for extended duration. I find this so because it was mostly just facts of the age spread out into a story like fashion and it felt to me at times as if I was reading just straight facts without a story line. Despite this minor flaw it is a great read if you plan to spread out and read a few chapters a day you will be sure to enjoy it! You will be sure to find some interesting things such as humour of the period and clothing styles as where to go to if injured and why the doctor does the thing he does. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria Gomez | 12/22/2013

    " Excellent! All you never knew you wanted to know about life in the Middle Ages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Boshka | 12/14/2013

    " Really good book, enjoyed it very much. The author is very good at presenting medieval England to a 21st Century reader :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kersti Anear | 12/12/2013

    " Thoroughly enjoying this look at life in the 14th century "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy Field | 12/1/2013

    " A fascinating book but one to dip in and out of rather than sit and read through "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Crum | 11/29/2013

    " Very readable, informative, and enjoyable! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammi | 11/10/2013

    " loved it. it was very informative and interesting. only took me so long to read because i had to pause from jan-march for classes. highly recommended if you enjoy medieval times "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 8/31/2013

    " How to survive in medieval England; written by a historian who is not stuffy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack | 8/24/2012

    " Interesting subject, but the book is somewhat dry and slow going. The last 50 pages are the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick Williams | 7/21/2012

    " A lot of detail about day-to-day medieval life and the social structure of the times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 3/6/2012

    " Easy read and very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire Webber | 11/27/2011

    " While not lacking in interesting research, the execution - especially under such a bodacious title as 'The Time Traveler's Guide' - leaves much to be desired. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joalice | 10/17/2011

    " What fun. A very easy to read, delightful book written as a current travel guide would be (like Frommers). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marte Patel | 7/24/2011

    " I've been wanting to read this book since it was first published in 2008 and found it to be just as interesting and unusual as I had thought. Recommended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanna | 5/13/2011

    " Absolutely brilliant, such a good way to teach history! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nadia | 5/13/2011

    " Excellent overview of daily life in the Middle Ages. Engaging history and good reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith | 4/3/2011

    " I quite enjoyed the presentaton of historical life as a travel gide. It presented the informaiton in a way that was fun to read and not too dry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 4/2/2011

    " Excellent social history of 14th century England. At times, the details of life (the trees) obscure the pagentry of life (the forest) in Medieval England. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in English history and the development of English society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghan | 2/26/2011

    " a chatty, accessible approach to the Middle Ages. Some bits weren't my cup of tea (I'm not too interested in medieval law, for example), but otherwise good fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kat | 2/24/2011

    " Very entertaining. Felt like I was planning a trip to yesteryear. Learned some interesting facts about life back then. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Gray | 2/11/2011

    " Informative and fun to read. Enough said.....mgc "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don | 2/6/2011

    " I really liked the style of this book. By "taking a tour" of 14th century England you got to learn some of the often overlooked stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 2/4/2011

    " This is the THE book I will be taking with me when I go back in time to the England of medieval times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Lynn | 1/21/2011

    " A great popular history. Didn't tell me anything I know, but what a great way to make history accessible, engaging, and relevant to non-professionals. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa4piano | 1/16/2011

    " Good info about the midevil times. I enjoyed it, but it was long and I skim skim skimmed :) "

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About the Author
Author Ian Mortimer

Ian Mortimer, PhD, is the author of The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1998 and was awarded the Alexander Prize (2004) by the Royal Historical Society. He lives with his wife and three children on the edge of Dartmoor, in the southwest of England.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Keeble, winner of four AudioFile Earphones Awards, combines his audio work with a busy theater and television career. He has been featured in over six hundred radio plays for the BBC, appearing in everything from Shakespeare and Sherlock Holmes to Doctor Who and The Archers, in which he played the evil Owen. As an Earphones Award–winning narrator, he is in high demand for his voice work. He has recorded over two hundred audiobooks.