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The past is a foreign country. This is your guidebook. Imagine you could get into a time machine and travel back to the fourteenth century. What would you see? What would you smell? More to the point, where are you going to stay? Should you go to a castle or a monastic guest house? And what are you going to eat? What sort of food are you going to be offered by a peasant or a monk or a lord? This radical new approach turns our entire understanding of history upside down. It shows us that the past is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be lived. It sets out to explain what life was like in the most immediate way, through taking you, the reader, to the middle ages, and showing you everything from the horrors of leprosy and war to the ridiculous excesses of roasted larks and haute couture.Being a guidebook, many questions are answered which do not normally occur in traditional history books. How do you greet people in the street? What should you use for toilet paper? How fast - and how safely - can you travel? Why might a physician want to taste your blood? And how do you test to see if you are going down with the plague? The result is the most astonishing social history book you are ever likely to read: revolutionary in its concept, informative and entertaining in its detail, and startling for its portrayal of humanity in an age of violence, exuberance and fear.
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`a unique and astonishing social history book which is revolutionary in its concept, informative and entertaining'. -- History Magazine
'It is Monty Python and the Holy Grail with footnotes, and, my goodness it is fun'
'a jaunty journey through the 14th Century, one that wriggles with the stuff of everyday life'
It is written in the manner of an extremely well-informed but chatty guidebook...This is not only an unusual book, but a thoroughly engaging one
-- Literary Review
`perhaps the most enjoyable history book I've read all year'
as lively as it is informative
-- Financial Times
`a unique and astonishing social history book which is revolutionary in its concept, informative and entertaining'.
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Book Description Bodley Head. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0224079948 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0986851
Book Description Bodley Head, 2008. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0224079948
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