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Everyday Life in Medieval London: From the Anglo-Saxons to the Tudors Hardcover – 15 Mar 2014

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing (15 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144561541X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445615417
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.3 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 956,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Toni Mount has been a history teacher for fifteen years. She has an MA by Research on medieval medical manuscripts from the University of Kent. Born in London, Toni now lives in Gravesend, Kent.


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I was excited to read Toni Mount’s book on Medieval London as I have read a great deal about the Tudor period but little of the history of London before this period of time. I found that once I picked up Mount’s book I simply could not put it down. It was not only captivating but it was extremely informative and contained some wonderful personal stories of people that lived in London during the Medieval Period.

The first part of Mount’s book discusses the foundations of London and how the Roman’s referred to it as Londinium The position of London was quite strategic as it allowed Roman ships to travel up the Thames to trade and then to travel back down again back to European ports. The area around the banks of the Thames was also made of gravel, far easier for building than mud and sand. From this Londinium was built and became a major trading city with ships from all over coming to visit. In exchange goods and merchandise from Britain were traded throughout Europe. However when Roman’s left in around 410 AD London was beginning to slide into disrepair. With high taxes and not enough money coming in people could no longer afford lavish life styles and thus the general way of life was declining.

Without Roman protection the people of Britain sought help from Saxony, Angeln, Jutland and Frisia to fight off the Scottish and Irish and protect their land. These warriors brought their families over and soon began to settle in Britain, also marrying with the original people of the land.

Mount also discusses the relationship between London and Vikings, or Lundonwic/Lundonberg, and how the Vikings came over to England and in some cases raided and in other cases sought to trade.
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Really enjoyable. Plenty of eye-catching 'weren't they odd' snippets and 'how on earth did they ever come up with that' details to read aloud to others, but also a real engagement with the warp and weft of daily life that produces a powerful and plausible impression of the more ordinary people in their time.
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I read this book from cover to cover and found it very interesting - learned all sorts of things I never knew before. The reason I'm being critical and only giving it three stars is that it really has very little to do with London. Much of the detail about aspects of daily life comes from elsewhere, and then it's not linked in with anything specific about London: you just get sweeping assertions that life in London would have been very similar , which is sometimes difficult to credit when the detailed description seems to be about a rural area. Conversely much of the detail about events in London is not about daily life but about national politics. Where you do get glimpses of the life of ordinary people in London, I have the impression that it's just pure luck that the author happened to have that material available: it doesn't seem to be fitted into any comprehensive coverage of specific topics. Apart from the little map at the beginning there's very little sense of place, and whole areas of daily life are not touched upon. I did also wonder a bit about accuracy: having noticed there was very little about everyday religion except under the "Preparing for Death" section, I reflected that this was perhaps just as well since in a few short pages there are two complete howlers about Catholic teaching which would not have been out of place in "1066 And All That". In conclusion, I'd see the book as being a bit of a ragbag of interesting snippets about England in the Middle Ages.
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This book's title is misleading. It does not speak about "ordinary folks", as it says in the back cover, and its everyday life. It does talk a lot about historic events and how, in general, they affect the everyday life. The main problem I've been having with this book is, as a non-British, there are some events that I'm not familiar with. This book is written for someone that has already studied all English history. Still is an interesting read, but not what I expected.
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Saw a review in BBC History which made me buy it. I found it very well researched and w.ritten in a way that made it very easy to read. I love the history content in lots of books, but they are so difficult to read if you are not a "history buff", but this was great. I shall be looking for more Toni Mount books!
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