How to Survive in Medieval England is a time traveler’s guide to making it through the basics of medieval life. Focused on the years between 1066 and 1485, the book covers things like clothing, housing, transportation, and religion.
What this isn’t is an in depth guide to the period. It’s not a political look at the time. Nor is it a sociological look. It’s very clearly intended to be an armchair guide to a medieval newbie who wants to travel back in time to visit an ancestor of six.
The book is well laid out with each section clearly defined. In some places the author imagines interviews with people of the time, interviews which were based on primary sources. The writing style is engaging and easy to read. I zipped through this book in an evening.
Not only would this book be good for a time traveler, but it would also be a good starting point for a fiction author. It gives a lot of the basics of what life is like during the time and it covers the things that most fiction readers want to know: what the people ate, what they wore, and how did they go to the bathroom.
In all this book is a fun, light read that does what it sets out to do.
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I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley