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The Time Travellers Guide to Medieval England. Ian Mortimer

Posted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:37 pm
by levyarcher
I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

There is so much information to pick up on and learn, that your mind fairly spins with the details. You are taken on a guided tour of medieval England, as you "walk" through the scenes you are treated to such rich and vibrant places allowing your imagination to let you know what is happening around you!
The research that Ian has done and the detail he has gone into is superb and having met and spoken to him on a number of occasions-he really knows his stuff.

It is no wonder that this is the top selling historical book of 2010!

I am also in the fortunate position of having 4 signed copies of this book to give away in a forthcoming copy of The Re-Enactor, Ezine.
If you already receive your free monthly copy, just look out for the competition details. If you haven't yet signed up to receive a copy each month just let me have your email address and I will add you to the mailing list.
Email: jason.okeefe@btopenworld.com

Kindest Regards

Jason

Re: The Time Travellers Guide to Medieval England. Ian Morti

Posted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 9:19 pm
by Marcus Woodhouse
I have flicked through a copy at the library and although there may not be a lot in it that will be news to anyone who has been studying the 14th century for a while I thought it would be a good starter for someone fresh to the scene. The stuff about food and travel remains of use to those re-enacting the 15th century as well.
Cheers omae.

Re: The Time Travellers Guide to Medieval England. Ian Morti

Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 11:07 pm
by busy mole
I enjoyed it, lots to take in agreed but informative in a light format.

Re: The Time Travellers Guide to Medieval England. Ian Morti

Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 11:16 pm
by sally
Its good as an audiobook too, I listened to it whilst doing a big sewing project and it made a very pleasant background. I'd recommend it to anyone starting out in medieval re-enacting for a good general overview

Re: The Time Travellers Guide to Medieval England. Ian Morti

Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 3:10 pm
by British
I'm about a third of the way through this, and yes, It is excellent!
I enjoy his fiction, too. Written in his pen name, James Forrester.

Re: The Time Travellers Guide to Medieval England. Ian Morti

Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 7:58 am
by Marcus Woodhouse
I have finally got around to reading this properly.
I do have a minor grip about his use of retro fitted facts from the 15th century under the assumption that "these were likely to have been based upon existing statutes,etc". This is more than likey true given that innovation was not exactly smiled upon in the period, but while it's certainly true that ethical codes and concepts of manners are more likely to be based upon well established ideals (through his use of the Baebes Book), other's such as town statues and royal ordiannces are just as likely to be the result of more contemoprary events and requirements.
What I did find powerful wasthe notion of studying the past (from any period) not as if it has happened, but as if it is happening. This is something I have often encountered while studying, that an author writes with the full knowledge of what happened as a result of the actions of X, Y or Z. So you end up with ridiculous notions that, for instance, Hitler started WW2 to create a state in which his suicide would occour in 1945, when he went to war with the firm conviction that Nazi Germany would win it!

Re: The Time Travellers Guide to Medieval England. Ian Morti

Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2011 7:38 pm
by Pelican
I took some exception to the comment of "of course, everyone in the 14th century wears a corset" or wording very similar.