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The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England Brain Shot (Abridged) [Kindle Edition]

Ian Mortimer
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Book Description

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 guesthouse? 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 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.

BRAIN SHOTS: the byte-sized guide to a completely different world: England in the Middle Ages

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 122 KB
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (2 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003SX160E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #348,750 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ian Mortimer has BA, PhD and DLitt degrees in history from Exeter University and an MA in archive studies from University College London. From 1991 to 2003 he worked for several archival and research institutions, including Devon Record Office, the University of Reading, the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts and the University of Exeter. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1998, and was awarded the Alexander Prize (2004) by the Royal Historical Society for his work on the social history of medicine. His PhD was published by the Royal Historical Society in 2009 as 'The Dying and the Doctors: the Medical Revolution in Seventeenth-Century England'. He is also the author of two volumes of early modern manuscripts and numerous articles in the scholarly press on subjects ranging from the fourteenth to the twentieth centuries.

He is best known as the author of 'The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England', which was a Sunday Times bestseller in 2009 and 2010. He is also the author of a series of four sequential medieval biographies, 'The Greatest Traitor: The Life of Sir Roger Mortimer' (covering the years 1306-1330), 'The Perfect King: The Life of Edward III' (covering 1327-1377), 'The Fears of Henry IV: The Life of England's Self-Made King' (covering 1377-1413) and '1415: Henry V's Year of Glory' (covering 1413-1415). A volume of scholarly essays, 'Medieval Intrigue: Decoding Royal Conspiracies' provides several of the in-depth pieces of research that support the more difficult and contentious aspects of these books, and includes his important essay on understanding historical evidence. He lives with his wife and three children on the edge of Dartmoor.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars so disappointed - it's not the complete book! 9 Oct. 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this, I thought it was very interesting, as usual Ian Mortimer does a great job, BUT it's not the same book as the paperback! It's hopelessly shortened. Why on earth would anyone create a shorter version of a perfectly average sized book? As with any book, if you don't have time to read all of it you can skip through to the chapters that interest you. Why should a digital book be any different to a paper one? It strikes me this is a fundamental misunderstanding on the part of the publisher. I also don't understand why Ian Mortimer would associate himself with this nonsense. He wrote the book and presumably edited it to the length he felt it should be, why would he then want to cut enormous sections out of the finished text? It's a bit embarrassing really.. Embarrassing for the publisher, embarrassing for Amazon, and embarrassing for Ian Mortimer, all of whom should know better..

Don't buy this digital book!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disapointing 4 Sept. 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I had high expectations for this Kindle download but I found it very short and whilst interesting each chapter felt like it was a very brief introduction. Chapter 1 Cities and Towns ammounted to only 3 pages on my default text Kindle. Be warned I suspect the Kindle download may be heavily abridged - as the paper version claims to be circa 350 pages long! I'm a fast reader - but to read all of this in 2 hours flat was a surprise!
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1.0 out of 5 stars bite sized? . . more of a nibble 26 Sept. 2010
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One of my first purchases and most disappointing. If Kindle want to put people off further purchases, this sad nibble is the way to go.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Vastly abridged version 23 Sept. 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
This Kindle edition of the book is highly abridged, providing only a flavour of the full book. It was most disappointing to receive such a short version on one of my first Kindle downloads. I will now carefully look at previous feedbacks and the size of the document before purchasing. I feel that a full version of the book in Kindle format should be offered to all those who have purchased this item in good faith. Although it is described as byte-sized this does not indicate that it is such a small byte.
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2.0 out of 5 stars No chapter on law and order 12 Jan. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I agree with other reviewers that this abridged text is very VERY short. More like a sample or summary rather than a book. I already had the paperback but wanted to get the eBook for my child to use for homework. To be fair the ebook is written in a nice easy style but it is nothing like the original and does not even cover the same topics or chapters as the original. It took only a few minutes to read and was a great disappointment. No chapter list, index and key topics such as law and order are missing from this version. This is a brief summary not a book - Buy the paperback this is useless.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Abridged to nothing 22 Dec. 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
This version is an pale shadow of the novel. Abridged to almost nothing. Why would any one do this and charge almost as much as the actual book. DO NOT waste your time!!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Does nobody any favours 5 Feb. 2011
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The blurb does say "abridged" but then seems to describe the full version of the book. I'd have been pleased with this pamphlet as a free gift with a newspaper or with a coffee shop loyalty card, but selling it this way makes the author and the publisher look as if they're just trying to cash in on the Kindle. I'll pay more attention to reviews in future!
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