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The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer
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Jul 09, 12

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Read from July 03 to 08, 2012

Think of "The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century" by Ian Mortimer as sort of Frommer's Guide for history buffs interested in the 14th Century. It is full of the minutiae of daily life in the Middle Ages, and as you read it you begin to feel as if you are actually there walking the streets and roads of Medieval England. The book goes into great detail as to who you will see/encounter, what does it smell like, what you can expect to eat, and how do the various social classes interact and address each other. Each of the chapters deals with different aspects of 14th Century England such as the city, the town, the village etc. The book is an easy read and would make an excellent companion piece to those who have either read or about to read Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales". The book is also a nice continuation of the material covered in "The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium" by Robert Lacey.
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