The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England

A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century

Author: Ian Mortimer

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448103789

Category: History

Page: 368

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Discover this original, entertaining and illuminating guide to England in the Middle Ages. 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. 'Amazing...an incredible tour de force' Alison Weir ‘It is Monty Python and the Holy Grail with footnotes, and, my goodness it is fun...’ Guardian
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The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England

A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century

Author: Ian Mortimer

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439112908

Category: History

Page: 352

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

Author: Ian Mortimer

Publisher: Ireland Books

ISBN: N.A

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Page: N.A

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From Publishers Weekly In this compelling volume, Medieval history expert Mortimer (The Fears of Henry IV) transports readers to jolly, squalid old England for a thorough survey of everyday 14th century life. Going beyond the "nasty, brutish and short" of it, Mortimer's immersive visitor's-guide approach to popular history gives readers a seamless sense of being there. The population is young-"Half of the population is aged twenty-one or less"-but incredibly diverse. The idea that social classes were distinct and few-fighters, prayers, and farmers-gets exploded in Mortimer's examination society and the Medieval character, including everything from humor and juggling to mariners to doctors. Mortimer even argues, convincingly, over relative standards of hygiene ("to regard a medieval kitchen as 'dirty' because it has not been wiped down with modern detergent is to apply our own standards inappropriately"). He also looks at the role of period's four greatest writers of the time , and reveals the horrors of contemporary medicine (with terrifying descriptions of the plague) and law (the outskirts of every town were decorated with the hanged corpses of minor criminals). Mortimer's toungue-in-cheek vistor's guide is an impressive accomplishment, turning 600 years of history transparent to give 21st century audiences a clear view on Medieval life. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Review “In this compelling volume, Mortimer transports his readers. . . . Gives readers a seamless sense of being there. . . . An impressive accomplishment, turning 600 years of history transparent to give 21st-century readers a clear view of medieval life.” –Publishers Weekly “Mortimer addresses every aspect of medieval life, from the mundane to the bizarre. . . . Travel guides are designed to deliver helpful information about faraway places, but this one gets to the heart of a different time zone.” –The Washington Post “Chock-full of surprises, this is exceptional social history, compellingly told; there should be ‘travel books’ like this for every century. Start reading, and you won't want to stop.” –Library Journal "The endlessly inventive Ian Mortimer is the most remarkable medieval historian of our time." --The Times (UK)
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Portraits of Old Russia

Imagined Lives of Ordinary People, 1300-1745

Author: Donald Ostrowski,Marshall T. Poe

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317462378

Category: Social Science

Page: 335

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This book introduces readers to a little-known place and time in world history – early modern Russia, from its beginnings as Muscovy, in the fourteenth century, through the reign of Peter I (1689-1725) – by portraying the lives of representative individuals from the major levels of the society of that era. The portraits, written by professional historians, are imaginative reconstructions or composites of individual lives, rather than biographies. The portraits are arranged into socio-political categories, and include members of ruling families, government servitors, clerks, military personnel, church prelates, monks, provincial landowners, townspeople and artisans, Siberian explorers and traders, free peasants, serfs, slaves and holy fools. Using these portraits, the book brings old Russian society to life in an interesting way.
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Book Lust to Go

Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers

Author: Nancy Pearl

Publisher: Sasquatch Books

ISBN: 1570617015

Category: Travel

Page: 320

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Adventure is just a book away as best-selling author Nancy Pearl returns with recommended reading for more than 120 destinations around the globe. Book Lust To Go connects the best fiction and nonfiction to particular destinations, whether your bags are packed or your armchair is calling. With stops from Texas to Timbuktu, Nancy Pearl's reading recommendations will send you on your way.
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Everyday Life in Medieval London

From the Anglo-Saxons to the Tudors

Author: Toni Mount

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 1445615649

Category: History

Page: 272

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Step back in time to medieval London to find out about the lives of those working and living there.
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A Handbook for Travellers in France

Being a Guide to Normandy, Brittany, the Rivers Seine, Loire, Rhône, and Garonne, the French Alps, Dauphiné, Provence, and the Pyrenees, Their Railways and Roads

Author: John Murray (Firm)

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: France

Page: 575

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