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The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Centuryby Ian Mortimer
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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? andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;The Time Travelerand#8217;s Guide to Medieval England andlt;/Iandgt;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. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;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. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The result is the most astonishing social history book youand#8217;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.
Now in paperback, a literary time machine that takes readers into the sights, smells, and tastes of the fourteenth century—a book that is revolutionary in its concept and startling in its portrayal of humanity.
Imagine traveling back in time to the fourteenth century, hundreds of years before electricity, indoor plumbing, and modern medicine. What would you eat? What would you wear? Where do you live? How do you travel? Was life really better for a lord or a king?
In The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England, Ian Mortimer strips away the names, dates, and battles to put the reader in the starring role, walking through daily life in England in the Middle Ages. He shows what it really would have been like to live through this time, detailing everything from the horrors of war to the haute couture of the day.
As a historical guidebook, The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England answers questions typically ignored in traditional histories. Readers will learn how to greet people on the street, what to use as toilet paper, why a physician might want to taste blood, among other esoteric tidbits. Mortimer’s book shows readers that the past is not just something to be studied, but something to be lived.
The past is a foreign country: this is your guidebook. Take a step back into Ian Mortimer's guide and experience the middle ages like never before.
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;Ian Mortimerandlt;/bandgt; is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and was awarded the Alexander Prize in 2004 for his work on the social history of medicine. He holds a Ph.D. in history and a higher doctorate from the University of Exeter. He has penned five other medieval books, most recently the revolutionary study andlt;iandgt;Medieval Intrigue: Decoding Royal Conspiraciesandlt;/iandgt;. He has also worked for several archive and historical research organizations in the UK, where he lives with his wife and children. Visit Ian at IanMortimer.com.
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