The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer

The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer is, as the subtitle suggests: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century. It is the first book in the Time Traveller’s Guides series.

The book does what it says in the blurb: “Imagine you could get into a time machine and travel back to the 14th century. This text sets out to explain what life was like in the most immediate way, through taking the reader to the Middle Ages, and showing everything from the horrors of leprosy and war to the ridiculous excesses of roasted larks and haute couture.”

The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer

It is a fascinating book to read, where one can discover all sort of things, from how the landscape looked like to what they ate. Mortimer sets the scenes with lots of details that are really fascinating and create a feel for the place. As any good travel guide, you can find everything you need to know in this book if you decide (and can) travel to the 14th century England.

I will update the post and include links to the reviews as I publish them. Now I’m reading the second book in the series. This book would make a lovely gift too. I’m glad I received it as a gift, as having it on my book shelves means that I will be able to pick it up and re-read it. The book is that good.

The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer

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My rating: 5/5 Stars. My husband read this book too and he gave it 5 stars as well.
Would I recommend it: Yes!!
Published by: Vintage
Year it was published: 2009 (first one published in 2008)
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): History, non-fiction
Pages: 344

About the author: Dr Ian Mortimer is a historian and novelist, best known for his Time Traveller’s Guides series. He has BA, MA, PhD and DLitt degrees from the University of Exeter and UCL. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and was awarded the Alexander Prize by the Royal Historical Society in 2004. Home for him and his family is the small Dartmoor town of Moretonhampstead, which he occasionally introduces in his books. He also writes fiction under the name James Forrester.
Books by Ian Mortimer: The Perfect King: The Life of Edward III, Father of the English Nation, The Outcasts of Time, The Greatest Traitor: The Life of Sir Roger Mortimer, Ruler of England 1327-1330, The Fears of Henry IV: The Life of England’s Self-Made King, 1415: Henry V’s Year Of Glory, Centuries of Change: Which Century Saw the Most Change and Why it Matters to Us, Millennium: From Religion to Revolution: How Civilization Has Changed Over a Thousand Years.
Time Traveller’s Guides series:
1. The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England
2. The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England
3. The Time Traveller’s Guide to Restoration Britain
4. The Time Traveller’s Guide to Regency Britain
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  • I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf for ages. You’ve inspired me to try and make a point of reading it in the coming year.

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