Book Review: How to Survive in Medieval England by Toni Mount

Genre: History
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Pub date: 30 June 2021

Imagine you were transported back in time to Medieval England and had to start a new life there. Without mobile phones, ipads, internet and social media networks, when transport means walking or, if you’re fortunate, horse-back, how will you know where you are or what to do? Where will you live? What is there to eat? What shall you wear? How can you communicate when nobody speaks as you do and what about money? Who can you go to if you fall ill or are mugged in the street? However can you fit into and thrive in this strange environment full of odd people who seem so different from you? All these questions and many more are answered in this new guide book for time-travellers: How to Survive in Medieval England. A handy self-help guide with tips and suggestions to make your visit to the Middle Ages much more fun, this lively and engaging book will help the reader deal with the new experiences they may encounter and the problems that might occur. Know the laws so you don’t get into trouble or show your ignorance in an embarrassing faux pas. Enjoy interviews with the celebrities of the day, from a business woman and a condemned felon, to a royal cook and King Richard III himself. Have a go at preparing medieval dishes and learn some new words to set the mood for your time-travelling adventure. Have an exciting visit but be sure to keep this book to hand.

I’m sure we’ve all seen or heard the question: If you went back in time what item would you take with you? Well my answer is, a copy of this book!

It’s full of interesting information including what you would eat, dress and do on a daily basis but it is also brilliantly funny.
There’s details about how surnames were formed, the types of jobs available and things you should definitely avoid, from food to certain clothes, unless of course those clothes are correct for your station.

Mount includes interviews with some individuals across all classes that you may come across on your time travelling adventure, which are brilliant for giving further insight into Medieval England but also into some of the more well known individuals from the time.

You definitely don’t feel like you are reading a nonfiction book due to the interviews and humour but I learnt so much.

So if you are planning a trip back the Medieval Ages or maybe you are just interested, I would definitely recommend this book. Personally I don’t think I would manage living in the medieval ages so I will happily just stick to having read and enjoyed the book.

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