Darkpool (protesting GR censorship)'s Reviews > The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century

The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer
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May 31, 09

bookshelves: auckland-library, read-in-2009
Recommended for: Anyone with an interest in history.
Read in June, 2009

"If medieval England is treated as dead and buried, what one can say about it is strictly limited by the questions arising from the evidence. However, if treated as a living place, the only limits are the experience of the author and his perception of the requirements, interests and curiosity of his readers. " p290

A very readable book; the premise that this is a travel rather than a history book works extremely well. The aim - as implied by the quote above - is to make the past a living place, not something that is dead and cold and fixed. The writing style is very immediate - the author addressing the reader directly on many occasions. The book is structured along the lines of a travel guide, with sections on where to stay, what to eat and drink, and what to do, as well as much helpful advice on the dangers of travel, health and hygiene, and the law. Each chapter is divided into sections and subsections, making it a convenient read for those like myself with a short attentions span, or who like to snatch moments to read in the course of a day.
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05/16/2009 page 179
05/30/2009 page 279
87.46% "and the last 50 pages are indices, etc, so don't count. Nearly finished!" 4 comments

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message 1: by MAP (new) - rated it 4 stars

MAP Hmm, did you get an advance copy of this or is it already out in NZ? Because I just looked it up on Amazon.com and they're claiming it won't be released in the States until December.

Darkpool (protesting GR censorship) Really? I've borrowed it from the local library. No idea if it is available in the shops here or not (though I suspect not.)

message 3: by ☯Bettie☯ (last edited Jun 01, 2009 01:25AM) (new) - added it

☯Bettie☯ 5* goodness huh - it's a must for me. Thank you Darkpool

The audio cassette and cdrom was released 1 april but the books are 1 october - that's on amazon uk.

Darkpool (protesting GR censorship) Would have gone 4 1/2 stars if that had been an option, but 4 seemed a bit harsh.

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