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

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781439112892
Author(s): Ian Mortimer
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2009
Publisher: Touchstone Books
Dimensions: 163 x 236 x 33 (w x l x h)
Pages: 342

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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 det
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