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    • The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England

    • A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century
    • By: Ian Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,600
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,145
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,134

    Imagine you could travel back to the 14th century. What would you see? What would you smell? More to the point, where are you going to stay? And what are you going to eat? Ian Mortimer shows us that the past is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be lived. He sets out to explain what life was like in the most immediate way, through taking you to the Middle Ages. The result is the most astonishing social history book you are ever likely to read: evolutionary in its concept, informative and entertaining in its detail.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very, very interesting - highly recommended

    • By anthonyunionjackson on 06-05-09

    Regular price: £22.89

    • Why Running Matters

    • By: Ian Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Ian Mortimer
    • Length: 8 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    You might run for fitness. You might run for speed. But ultimately, running is about much more than the physical act itself. It is about the challenges we face in life, and how we measure up to them. It is about companionship, endurance, ambition, hope, conviction, determination, self-respect and inspiration.

    Regular price: £16.99

    • The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England

    • By: Ian Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Mike Grady
    • Length: 17 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 536
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 382
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 378

    What was it actually like to live in Elizabethan England? If you could travel to the past and walk the streets of London in the 1590s, where would you stay? What would you eat? What would you wear? Would you really have a sense of it being a glorious age? And if so, how would that glory sit alongside the vagrants, diseases, violence, sexism and famine of the time? In this book Ian Mortimer answers the key questions that a visitor to late 16th-century England would ask.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Almost but not quite

    • By Portia on 17-04-12

    Regular price: £21.73

    • The Perfect King

    • The Life of Edward III
    • By: Ian Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
    • Length: 19 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    Edward’s life is one of the most extraordinary in all English history. He ordered his uncle to be beheaded, he usurped his father’s throne and he started a war which lasted for more than a hundred years. He took the crown when it was at its lowest point and raised it to new heights, presenting himself as a new King Arthur, victorious across Europe. He was the architect of many English icons - from parliamentary rule to the adoption of English as the official language and even the building of a great clock tower at Westminster. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An epic tale about a king we hear too little about

    • By Amazon Customer on 14-11-18

    Regular price: £24.99

    • The Outcasts of Time

    • By: Ian Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
    • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 872
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 805
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 804

    December 1348: With the country in the grip of the Black Death, brothers John and William fear that they will shortly die and go to Hell. But as the end draws near, they are given an unexpected choice: either to go home and spend their last six days in their familiar world or to search for salvation across the forthcoming centuries - living each one of their remaining days 99 years after the last. John and William choose the future and find themselves in 1447, ignorant of almost everything going on....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Imaginative, thought-provoking historical fiction

    • By Kirstine on 13-10-17

    Regular price: £14.99

    • The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain

    • By: Ian Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
    • Length: 19 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 452
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 412
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 413

    If you could travel back in time, the period from 1660 to 1700 would make one of the most exciting destinations in history. It's the age of Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London, bawdy comedy and the libertine court of Charles II, Christopher Wren in architecture, Henry Purcell in music and Isaac Newton in science. In The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration Britain, Ian Mortimer answers the crucial questions that a prospective traveller to 17th-century Britain would ask.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Informative, interesting and entertaining history

    • By Kirstine on 21-09-17

    Regular price: £31.29

    • Centuries of Change

    • By: Ian Mortimer
    • Narrated by: Mike Grady, Ian Mortimer
    • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 125
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110

    In a contest of change, which century from the past millennium would come up trumps? Imagine the Black Death took on the female vote in a pub brawl, or the Industrial Revolution faced the Internet in a medieval joust - whose side would you be on? In this hugely entertaining book, celebrated historian Ian Mortimer takes us on a whirlwind tour of Western history, pitting one century against another in his quest to measure change.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Though provoking approach to history

    • By Kirstine on 28-11-17

    Regular price: £20.89

    • The Fears of Henry IV

    • The Life of England's Self-Made King
    • By: Ian Mortimer
    • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 22 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    King Henry IV survived at least eight plots to dethrone or kill him in the first six years of his reign. However, he had not always been so unpopular. In his youth he had been a great chivalric champion and crusader. In 1399, at the age of 32, he was greeted as the saviour of the realm when he ousted from power the tyrannical King Richard II. But Henry had to contend with men who supported him only as long as they could control him; when they failed, they plotted to kill him. Adversaries also tried to take advantage of his questionable right to the crown. 

    Regular price: £29.99

    • 1415: Henry V's Year of Glory

    • By: Ian Mortimer
    • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
    • Length: 25 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    In this ground-breaking audiobook, Ian Mortimer portrays Henry in the pivotal year of his reign. Recording the dramatic events of 1415, he offers the fullest, most precise and least romanticised view we have of Henry and what he did. At the centre of the narrative is the campaign which culminated in the battle of Agincourt: a slaughter ground intended not to advance England’s interests directly but to demonstrate God’s approval of Henry’s royal authority on both sides of the Channel. 

    Regular price: £29.99