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

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Simon and Schuster, Dec 29, 2009 - History - 352 pages
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The past is a foreign country.
This is your guidebook.

A time machine has just transported you back to 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. All facets of everyday life in this fascinating period are revealed, from the horrors of the plague and war to the ridiculous excesses of roasted larks and medieval haute couture.

Through the use of daily chronicles, letters, household accounts, and poems of the day, Morti-mer 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.

From the first step on the road to the medieval city of Exeter, through meals of roast beaver and puffin, Mortimer re-creates this strange and complex period of history. Here, the lives of serf, merchant, and aristocrat are illuminated with re-markable detail in this engaging literary journey. 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.
 

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User Review  - SESchend - LibraryThing

I HAVE to get this for future reference. If you're a writer, whether you have any writing/work in this time frame or not, you'll find this an amazing resource in how to think about any non-immediately ... Read full review

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User Review  - DLMorrese - LibraryThing

History can be dull. The way it’s taught can be, anyway. When I was in school, history was mostly about memorizing names and dates. Students would regurgitate these undigested fact bites for tests and ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
1
The Law
216
What to Do
247
Envoi
289
Full Titles of Works Mentioned in the notes
312
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About the author (2009)

Ian Mortimer 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 written five other medieval books, most recently the revolutionary study Medieval Intrigue: Decoding Royal Conspiracies. He has also worked for several archive and historical research organizations in the U.K., where he lives with his wife and children.

www.ianmortimer.com

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