Listen free for 30 days

  • Medieval Horizons

  • Why the Middle Ages Matter
  • By: Ian Mortimer
  • Length: Not Yet Known

One credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
Unlimited listening to the Plus Catalogue - thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
Exclusive member-only deals.
No commitment - cancel anytime.
Pre-order Now for £25.99

Pre-order Now for £25.99

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

We tend to think about the Middle Ages as a dark and backward time, characterised by violence, ignorance and superstition. We believe that life was unchanging over the period, so if a peasant fell asleep in in the year 1000 and woke up six hundred years later, he would return to a world that was instantly recognisable. We hold that change is facilitated by science and technological innovation, and that it was the inventions of recent centuries, from the steam engine to the Internet, that created the modern world.

We couldn't be more wrong. As Ian Mortimer shows in this fascinating introduction to the Middle Ages, people's horizons—their knowledge, experience and understanding of the world—expanded dramatically. All aspects of life—politics and economics, religion and the arts—were utterly transformed between 1000 and 1600, in the process laying the foundations on which our modern lives rest.

If Ian Mortimer's bestselling 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 period as a whole. It looks at the Middle Ages through the prism of a small range of topics—ranging from warfare to religion, travel to architecture, inequality to a new sense of self—thereby correcting misconceptions and presenting the period as one of the most important eras in our past, about which any listener with an interest in history should care.

©2023 Ian Mortimer (P)2023 Penguin Audio
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

What listeners say about Medieval Horizons

Average customer ratings

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.