The essential introduction to the Middle Ages by the bestselling author of The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England
We tend to think of the Middle Ages as a dark, backward and unchanging time characterised by violence, ignorance and superstition. By contrast we believe progress arose from science and technological innovation, and that inventions of recent centuries created the modern world.
We couldn’t be more wrong. As Ian Mortimer shows in this fascinating book, people’s horizons – their knowledge, experience and understanding of the world – expanded dramatically. Life was utterly transformed between 1000 and 1600, marking the transition from a warrior-led society to that of Shakespeare.
Just as The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England revealed what it was like to live in the fourteenth century, Medieval Horizons provides the perfect primer to the era as a whole. It outlines the enormous cultural changes that took place – from literacy to living standards, inequality and even the developing sense of self – thereby correcting misconceptions and presenting the period as a revolutionary age of fundamental importance in the development of the Western world.
Praise for Ian Mortimer:
‘The endlessly inventive Ian Mortimer is the most remarkable medieval historian of our time’ – The Times
The word 'medieval' has become synonymous with 'backwards, ignorant, violent and superstitious.' But here Mortimer reminds us that our modern world is not the result of the technological developments of the past few centuries. Instead, our cultural, personal, social and environmental identities were forged in the medieval period. By shedding light on the important developments made from the first millennium to 1600, Mortimer asks us to redraw our understanding of the past * Janina Ramirez, Sunday Times-bestselling author of Femina * Provocative and refreshing. Medieval Horizons overturns many myths about the Middle Ages, showing that far from an era of stagnation, it was a period of profound change which has shaped today's world * Seb Falk, author of The Light Ages * Superb ... Mortimer allows us to make wonderfully compelling connections with our forebears * Guardian on The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England * His aim, triumphantly achieved, is to engage our sympathies with people whose similarities to us are as fascinating as their differences * Sunday Telegraph on The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England * Perhaps the most enjoyable history book I've read all year * Independent on The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England *
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