This is exactly what it says on the cover; read it, and you will be ejected in a heap from your time machine, and will land sprawling on the ground amid the noise and smells of the main road into medieval Exeter. From there you will be whisked, willy-nilly, from fashionable quarter to repulsive back-street hovel, and will meet some of the people with whom you will now have to associate. Much of what you discover will make you want to crawl back to the twenty-first century as fast as you can, but unfortunately you are stuck, and will just have to make the best of a bad job.
Luckily, you have Ian Mortimer's incredibly comprehensive guide to help you; you will find out how to behave, think, eat, shop dress, find work, and will be able to access countless other hints and tips necessary for survival, for death, punishment and criminal deception lurk at every turn, and he or she who ignores the advice given will find it very hard indeed to manage in this alien landscape. Everything is carefully explained in detail; illustrations are quite unnecessary.
This is no adult version of "Everyday Life In Medieval Times". It is a skilful and brilliantly executed distillation of heaven knows how many original manuscripts, extracts, books and pieces of research, all boiled down into a disturbingly real experience of fourteenth century England. You are there; it's as simple as that.
Anybody genuinely interested in the medieval period would do well to read this, and it will be a complete delight for those who are tired of reading turgid studies filled with maps and time-lines, or simplistic overviews written for sensation-seekers.