Advice for time traveling to medieval Europe

Watch this video before visiting the European Middle Ages.
• Steven A. Epstein, An Economic and Social History of Later Medieval Europe, 1000-1500 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009).
• Urban Tignor Holmes, Jr., Daily Living in the Twelfth Century (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1952).
• Ian Mortimer, The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England (London: The Bodley Head, 2008).
• Paul B. Newman, Daily Life in the Middle Ages (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, 2001).
• Jeffrey L. Singman, Daily Life in Medieval Europe (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1999).
• What about traveling there as a woman?
My advice applies to both men and women (except for the bit about clergy, obviously). Men and women will have to give the same amount of attention to constructing their backstory, including their marital status, because people will ask either way. Women went on pilgrimages. While most women (and men) worked on farms, women in towns did engage in economic activities like shopkeeping and weaving. It was rare for a woman to work as a long-distance merchant, but it did happen, typically as a widow whose husband had been a merchant.
• But what about a woman traveling alone?
When I said, "Travel in a group, don't travel alone," I meant it. Solo travel is not advised, regardless of gender. Even the medieval people themselves traveled in groups.
• I said William of Rubruck was from the Netherlands but he was actually Flemish. Apologies to my Flemish viewers.
• In the anecdote where William of Rubruck met the Buddhist monks, he was confused at first but he did figure out in the course of talking to them that they were not Christian. I misremembered the passage. So I'd say Buddhists would probably just be understood as pagans in medieval Europe.
• The magic I discuss in the video is known as natural magic. There was also another form of magic I didn't talk about where you perform occult rituals to persuade demons to do things for you. That's known as demonic magic.
0:00 Intro
1:52 Health
2:56 Personal safety
7:49 Do not leave personal items unattended
11:35 Money
14:25 Where to sleep
17:01 Where to eat
17:57 Language barrier
22:54 Social class
24:42 Backstory
30:22 Shopping
30:47 What if you're not white?
40:16 What if you're not Catholic?
46:32 Witchcraft
48:25 Arriving via time travel
49:31 Time travel discretion
51:49 More on witchcraft
55:25 Medicine
59:45 Good luck!

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  • @Gubru
    @Gubru3 ай бұрын

    I am not going to lie: if this was presented in any other fashion I would be extremely bored; but, presenting it from a Time Traveller's perspective is an ingenious move. I would love to see more!

  • @ouareaugirl


    3 ай бұрын

    Have you read How to Invent Everything by Ryan North? Takes a v similar approach but with a focus on science & tech :)

  • @explosu


    3 ай бұрын

    ​@@ouareaugirl Damn lol, this is one of the books I wanted to write. Ah well, in the same spirit I'll just bring it back with me if I travel to the mid aughts and "invent" it then.

  • @bluupadoop


    3 ай бұрын

    Funny that you say that, cause I think the only criticism I have of this video is that it is presented in this strange format. I would actually prefer to get the information without the pretense. Why would the format change your enjoyment of the information, just curious? There's a ton of fascinating information in here that I'm glad I know now, despite the format

  • @What-go8ng


    3 ай бұрын

    i think its pretty cool, it defies a lot of misconceptions about the time

  • @Galaxy-um4dj


    3 ай бұрын

    ​@@bluupadoopcuz it tricks my brain into think this is necessary information. It's harder to be interested in learning something useless

  • @Shay33s
    @Shay33sАй бұрын

    This man found a smart way to make us sit through telling us all about the Medieval period

  • @Cris-tu1sn


    28 күн бұрын


  • @vinegro4579


    28 күн бұрын

    Hey some of us really find these eras very interesting. 😅

  • @Shay33s


    27 күн бұрын

    @@vinegro4579 deffo. I love Victorian era .. even tho I’d prob hate it if I act lived in it sometimes things like that just seem reli intriguing.

  • @Randald


    21 күн бұрын

    I've been manipulated like a toddler.

  • @Klavierspieler76


    18 күн бұрын

    This is actually a really good way to teach. If I was a history teacher I would 100% do this with my students

  • @kentslocum
    @kentslocum2 ай бұрын

    This video perfectly demonstrates why Medieval records fail to mention time travelers--the travelers were either extremely well prepared and blended right in, or didn't even bother to go because it was too much hassle. 😂

  • @martink6092


    2 ай бұрын

    Or they blended in by being badly prepared, and promptly dying of dysentery.

  • @moussanoir2807


    Ай бұрын

    Following this, we could conjecturate that the Roswell aliens were the unprepared ones.among other aliens, at least regarding the New Mexico thunderstorms.

  • @re.agents


    Ай бұрын

    @@moussanoir2807 correct

  • @m0llux


    Ай бұрын

    They all watched this video obviously.

  • @seltonk5136


    29 күн бұрын

    All I know is this guy oozes sexual charisma

  • @billybarnacky8360
    @billybarnacky83602 ай бұрын

    As someone who day dreams about traveling to different periods in history frequently, I am thrilled this video exists.

  • @CedrickTudge


    2 ай бұрын

    Be honest, it's 1,000,000 BC to find Raquel Welch

  • @timothyg1986


    2 ай бұрын

    I'm not alone, I do this even with dinosaurs.

  • @Blox117


    Ай бұрын

    time to visit the painter with a funny mustache

  • @behindthen0thing525


    Ай бұрын

    ​@timothyg1986 I don't think you'd survive long in a dinosaur world without lots of military grade equipment

  • @jordanhicken7812


    Ай бұрын

    Glad it’s not just me

  • @Reilola
    @ReilolaАй бұрын

    this was the sneakiest history lesson i have ever recieved

  • @sierrasmith8722


    17 күн бұрын


  • @mikehs5350
    @mikehs53502 ай бұрын

    I'm from 2125 and I've got to say that this was an amazing advice. Unfortunately traveling to the medieval europe was prohibited by the government 3 years ago.

  • @spinakker14


    Ай бұрын

    Can you travel back 4 years in time, then travel from 2121 to medieval Europe?

  • @princela48


    Ай бұрын

    ​@@spinakker14Real clever, but unfortunately the time police monitor all possible realities for violators of the law In fact I might be arrested in the present for trying this method in the future

  • @SergioGonzalez-ew2po


    Ай бұрын

    STOP SMOKING THAT SHIT.....Still on DRUGS...100 YEARS???...Give me a break....DIDNT THEY INVENTED something different???

  • @TheDancerMacabre


    Ай бұрын

    My bad on that! I didn't know my Mega herpes would spread that fast!

  • @sam.nothanks


    Ай бұрын


  • @TheFishingNomad
    @TheFishingNomad3 ай бұрын

    Just checking in from 2054. I have to say that this is still the most accurate travel guide to medieval Europe. Nothing better has come out in the last 31 years.

  • @miyod


    3 ай бұрын

    Have you visited 2046? No spoilers but there was a really good one posted then. Only lasted a few weeks online, though... If you are planning on going, look up a time travel guide for that year. And don't make the same mistake I did, don't forget the broom.

  • @Anakin.Skywalker____177


    3 ай бұрын

    Well thats cute, i am from 2098. The world hell, Nuclear war started in 2059 and everything is dry and poisoness. I am using the Time Machine (TM 9-X7) newest model since 2045 to come here. I am never returning back. Which Time Machine model are u using?

  • @m0n4rch911


    3 ай бұрын

    ​@@Anakin.Skywalker____177Don't worry, I stopped that one since nuclear winter rendered my solar panels weak. Though I guess someone adjusted it since when I got back the sky was on fire so I yeeted out of that hellscape and decided to stay in 2020 since its a quiet time of year and the memes were spicy. I say neigh on travel guides and just advice to wing it so it's more exciting

  • @jjkillian1456


    3 ай бұрын

    Can anyone help me get back to 2056? I need to get my family out before the 2059 war, but I used an old school flux capacitor based time machine (The Chinese knockoff version that looked like the classic 80's stories). Now I'm stuck here in 2023. I've got a nice little piece of land secured in 1456 that I want to take the family to and be save and secure

  • @alexanderlamothe1896


    3 ай бұрын

    Someone was born today that does not yet know about the fact that they will be 31 when that year comes

  • @uggggggghhhhh
    @uggggggghhhhhАй бұрын

    This video could easily be retitled as "Advice for traveling to a small town in Mexico" lol. Its exactly the same. I remember being a teenager and seeing two tall, blonde, blue eyed Americans visiting my town and everyone was talking to them because we were all so curious about why they were there, where were they from, why they spoke spanish, etc. Moving to the U.S was like time traveling to the future. Fascinating video!!

  • @julianneandrea7069


    Ай бұрын

    Hahahaha I was thinking the exact same thing through the whole video, it would also apply for any small town in Colombia (or any south american country for that matter).

  • @EmpatheticWifi


    Ай бұрын

    Were they mormons?

  • @Oli1974


    Ай бұрын

    Ustedes en México son Americanos también. Se refiere a "estadounidenses", porque los EEUU son UN SOLO país americano entre MUCHOS.

  • @vinegro4579


    28 күн бұрын

    I was stranded in Mexico (long story) when I was fourteen, I am Hispanic but born and raised in America. I know exactly what you mean, they are like 15 years behind on everything. 😂

  • @sierrasmith8722


    17 күн бұрын

    I live in US and it’s so normalized to be in diverse spaces (race, language, body size+) but i live in city not a small town

  • @daryx.langdale
    @daryx.langdale2 ай бұрын

    You could give a detailed one hour long travel guide for a very standard town somewhere in the US - in the current era - and I would probably watch the whole thing. Something calming and amusing about the way you deliver information

  • @chiefmonrovia6691
    @chiefmonrovia6691Ай бұрын

    This'll probably get lost in the sea of comments here, but my absolute favorite thing about this video, and all of your other ones, is you leave in the moments where you're thinking. You leave in the little vocal pauses, or moments when you say something one way, but then correct it slightly. It's so human, it's so conversational, it's one of the best ways to keep a listener engaged because it doesn't feel like memorizing a history lesson, it's having a one sided conversation about history

  • @nijnij3988


    16 күн бұрын

    Totally agree. I also think it makes for a much more relaxing listen, because it's not a load of information coming at you super fast, but really just that natural feel of an actual person talking to you

  • @Atahri_
    @Atahri_2 ай бұрын

    I could literally listen to things like this forever. This was insanely entertaining and educational PLEASE more medieval history and scenarios. I'm in love with this.

  • @user-ul2jb9hr7c


    Ай бұрын


  • @norwegianblue2764


    28 күн бұрын


  • @vinegro4579


    28 күн бұрын

    Me too, absolutely love medieval history! ❤

  • @sierrasmith8722


    17 күн бұрын

    i am feeling this too right now LOL

  • @iiiiiALEX
    @iiiiiALEX2 ай бұрын

    I am from 2008 and I’m so glad that I traveled to 2023 so I could watch this. I’m not stressing anymore about my medieval time travel school trip next month.

  • @sschmidt1775


    Ай бұрын

    This is probably REAL. So from 2008, now 2023. I guess you time traveled in the normal way (like we all do), and you are now 15 years older...

  • @CidGuerreiro1234


    Ай бұрын

    When you go back, don’t let that damn kid get anywhere near the gorilla’s cage.

  • @yuganel


    17 күн бұрын

    RIP Harambe, never forget. @@CidGuerreiro1234

  • @MrGetItDone7
    @MrGetItDone73 ай бұрын

    perfect timing for this vid I was just stressing out planning my time trip

  • @greenerthanthetrees


    3 ай бұрын

    Timing? You didn't think to travel forward to check for new vids first?

  • @patavinity1262


    3 ай бұрын

    Surely if you have access to a time machine, all timings are equally perfect.

  • @L_Train


    3 ай бұрын

    Not for me. I just got back!

  • @hl2303


    3 ай бұрын

    @@patavinity1262Or equally imperfect. Oh my god, does time really exist? What is the meaning of the universe? Who am I??

  • @grandpapac1622


    3 ай бұрын

    Don't tell them about the chicken nuggies.

  • @leothelion69
    @leothelion692 ай бұрын

    I want a TV series on this so badly. A new agency that starts sending people back in time and everything that comes along with it

  • @Alfonso162008


    2 ай бұрын

    Not a tv show, but there's a book by Michael Crichton (the same guy that wrote Jurassic Park) that has a similar premise, at least in terms of being about a group of people that travels back in time to the medieval period, how they need to prepare for it, and the consequences they encounter. If you're interested, the book is called "Timeline". Of course, it's not a history lesson, but I found it very entertaining.

  • @leothelion69


    2 ай бұрын

    @@Alfonso162008 sweet thanks. Might snag the audiobook

  • @nicolecreighton2714


    Ай бұрын

    Literally just came to mention “Timeline” 😂

  • @SergioGonzalez-ew2po


    Ай бұрын


  • @arquivomorto1111


    Ай бұрын

    You now Abstergo?

  • @quietsouls7461
    @quietsouls7461Ай бұрын

    Love how you described medieval citizens to be curious and interested. I feel there’s a lot of negative portrayals out there that don’t do it justice.

  • @hugbearsx4


    3 күн бұрын

    It's mind-boggling how we tend to forget that the mother of civilization is that one particular trait that people had since probably before we thought of calling ourselves "people": curiosity.

  • @jonathanhucke
    @jonathanhucke2 ай бұрын

    Don't forget your universal translator, water filtration/purification system, and of course your towel. But seriously, I didn't realize a lot of these towns had curfews. This video was a pretty cool way to talk about history. Would love to see more Advice for Time Traveling type videos!!

  • @nelliesbff
    @nelliesbff2 ай бұрын

    My middle school history teacher used to use “time travel” (a light show she set up with period music) to frame every new unit. Very effective for getting us all interested - this is a really fun framing device!

  • @sprmssvblckhl
    @sprmssvblckhl2 ай бұрын

    this is like my favorite type of video, ungodly long deep dive from somebody with intimate knowledge on a subject i never really thought to care about, i love it

  • @Blindseeker82033
    @Blindseeker820332 ай бұрын

    This is a brilliant premise for a historian to use as a gateway to educate on any historical period. You MUST do more.

  • @juujyy2763


    2 ай бұрын

    is your pfp manly p. hall?

  • @freyaporter99


    2 ай бұрын

    The description had this in suggested reading but if you liked this video, read the book "The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England" - I've been making my way through it as slow bedtime reading and it's delightfully written, if you like the tone of this video you'll really enjoy it!

  • @kiwaminski


    2 ай бұрын

    @@freyaporter99Thanks a bunch for the suggestion! Was wondering if there was literature of similar nature and had neglected to check the description. Will definitely check it out!

  • @QuackersMcCrackers


    2 ай бұрын

    Indeed, he must... Otherwise the consequences shall be *dire* 😠

  • @theforcefor


    2 ай бұрын

    I agree

  • @the_serial_chiller
    @the_serial_chiller2 ай бұрын

    This is such a magnificent video. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Perhaps a series could be in order? Different times and different locations? Either way, I’ve subscribed and I know I thoroughly look forward to checking out more of your content! :)

  • @panhradu
    @panhraduАй бұрын

    Something about clothing: if they see your modern clothes they will assume that you are rich. Not only that modern fabrics are extremely soft and delicate, but also the stitches are so accurate that even the king would be envy. Since fabrics was very expensive, any extensive cutting was seen as a luxury. They was trying to keep fabrics in big pieces when sewing.

  • @sierrasmith8722


    17 күн бұрын

    Im loving how you just blessed us with this obscure fact

  • @panhradu


    5 күн бұрын

    @@sierrasmith8722 Anything for my fellow nerds.

  • @brittonblair7617


    Күн бұрын

    Very experienced and nuanced comment. Both my big sister and my wife are both seamstresses. This is right on

  • @ibbis
    @ibbis2 ай бұрын

    Here's a glimpse into some of the most popular foods consumed during this period: Staple Foods: Cereals and bread: These were the foundation of the medieval diet, providing essential carbohydrates and energy. Wheat, barley, oats, and rye were the most common grains used for bread, porridge, and gruel. Vegetables: Cabbage, onions, leeks, peas, beans, and turnips were among the most common vegetables eaten by both peasants and nobility. Cabbage, in particular, was often preserved as sauerkraut for winter months. Dairy products: Cheese, milk, and butter were important sources of protein and fat. Cheese was especially popular, with numerous varieties available across the continent. Legumes: Beans and lentils were important sources of protein and fiber for the lower classes, often eaten as stews or soups. Meat and Poultry: Pork: The most common meat consumed, as pigs were relatively easy to raise and required less space than other livestock. Poultry: Chickens, geese, and ducks were also popular, especially among the wealthier classes. Beef: Less common than pork, due to the cost and space required for raising cattle. Game: Wild boars, deer, and rabbits were consumed by those who had access to hunting grounds. Other Popular Foods: Fish: A staple food in coastal regions and during Lent, when meat consumption was prohibited. Eggs: A versatile ingredient used in many dishes, from savory pies to sweet custards. Honey: The primary sweetener, used in desserts, beverages, and even sauces. Fruits: Apples, pears, plums, and berries were enjoyed fresh when in season and preserved as dried fruits or jams for winter consumption. Spices: Although expensive, spices like pepper, cinnamon, and ginger were used to add flavor and preserve food. Ale and beer: The most common beverages, brewed with barley and flavored with hops. Variations by Social Class: The wealthier classes enjoyed a much more varied diet than the peasantry. They had access to a wider range of meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, spices, and imported goods. On the other hand, the peasant diet was often based on simple grains, vegetables, and legumes, with meat consumed only occasionally.

  • @OcarinaSapphr-


    Ай бұрын

    And peasants (of which there were different- levels, as it were) were more likely to use herbs to season their food, rather than spices- though as time went on, they might consume a small amount of spices during special occasions- like the 12 Days of Christmas. Oh, & get used to the taste of wood-smoke, salt, & vinegar- because when you were eating in mid-Winter, two chances to one, the food was smoked, salted, or pickled...

  • @kingcrimson4133


    18 күн бұрын

    ai generated comment

  • @chiefmofo
    @chiefmofo2 ай бұрын

    This advise needs to be added to Trip Advisor. It's important information that travelers should be aware of for their own health and safety.

  • @painkiller256256
    @painkiller2562562 ай бұрын

    The way you speak regarding it being a genuine guide makes this video incredible. I've never been interested in history, but this format absolutely has made me watch it several times.

  • @Jess-zm5xt
    @Jess-zm5xt3 ай бұрын

    This is so iconic, I feel like framing history like this in school would make people interested in learning instead of just memorizing facts



    3 ай бұрын

    E‎ ‎

  • @CaliTheRaven


    3 ай бұрын


  • @stlouisix3


    3 ай бұрын

    The vaccine idea is completely wrong. Germ theory is false. European people knew that during the Middle Ages/Mid-to-late Mediaeval period.

  • @hammondOT


    3 ай бұрын

    Do you know what the word iconic means?

  • @supitschillbro


    3 ай бұрын

    why were you just memorizing facts? that’s a bad way to think about school

  • @taimalik1110
    @taimalik1110Ай бұрын

    This video lecture can seriously be the blueprint for developing a Mideval themed videogame! You are a brilliant and objective historian! I will definitely be sharing your channel with everyone in my clan 😂 Keep up the good work, sir! And please create more content, god knows we need more objectivity on the internet as opposed to ancient aliens and historical propaganda. Cheers!

  • @tnclinton5
    @tnclinton52 ай бұрын

    I learned so much about the Middle Ages and it didn’t even feel like I was learning haha please make more of these “advice for time travelers” 😂 love it

  • @Soitisisit
    @Soitisisit2 ай бұрын

    The "I own a money store" made me laugh a bit, because my grandfather used to be big into coin collecting before he passed. So I've *been* to money stores. I wonder now if such a thing existed in the medieval period or no.

  • @u12bdragon
    @u12bdragon2 ай бұрын

    I love how you just took that stupid what if question we've all had and just broke it down scientifically

  • @hrhux
    @hrhux2 ай бұрын

    please do more! Also, id love a section on what to expect as a woman during that time. You made it so engaging it flew by and actually tempted me to read source material😂

  • @tranholmen
    @tranholmen3 ай бұрын

    If I was a history teacher I would have my students do travel guides for different destinations during different times. This really makes you focus and pay attention.

  • @AlienXCherie


    3 ай бұрын

    Omg.. that'd be a great idea! Even fun!

  • @thecourtlyalchemist


    3 ай бұрын

    It takes away a lot of the dry side of history and makes it fun, too.

  • @jacksabschaum4799


    3 ай бұрын


  • @The_Dim_Vanced


    3 ай бұрын

    I, for one, was extremely focused while watching this

  • @The_Phoenix_Saga


    3 ай бұрын

    I do believe there was a cartoon in my youth that had a similar premises to this...

  • @legallyrequired
    @legallyrequiredАй бұрын

    Im excited to see the stars when I arrive at night. I can only imagine how beautiful they will be. No electricity or large city lights obscuring the stars anywhere in the world. The closest I’ve gotten to seeing the entirety of the stars was in a California desert when I was 12. My main concern is that I have many tattoos and piercings which I will probably take out, I’ll wear long sleeves when I can. I will update you all when I go!

  • @nils9853


    Ай бұрын

    He actually did an F&Q follow up and one answer was about tattoos. TLDR: they did know tattoos, like religic symbols. They might not have seen huge tattoos but this just would make you look more exotic. So just have a good back story for them.

  • @legallyrequired


    Ай бұрын

    @@nils9853 Oh awesome! I’ll have to watch the followup, Im glad its not a huge concern

  • @cas1652
    @cas16522 ай бұрын

    Considering it like this I think the hardest thing for a time traveler would be to accept how little impact they could realistically make. If you changed things it wouldn't be through any gadget that can only exist in the present time. It wouldn't be through blurting out some half remembered factoid from high school either. Realistically you'd have to find the time and place that gives good leverage and then enact a long term plan to affect change from within that society.

  • @alcedob.5850


    7 күн бұрын

    You also need to be expert in the time period's worldview. My buddy Jordan tried to explain how the Universe is infinite but totally messed up the theology when interrogated and found himself on the stake.

  • @Theneonwind
    @TheneonwindАй бұрын

    Please make this a series. This was soooo good.

  • @marcow191285
    @marcow191285Ай бұрын

    This type of narrative is incredibly valuable from a didactic perspective! Amazing!

  • @Saqux
    @Saqux2 ай бұрын

    Video like this but about ancient rome would be amazing

  • @finn_underwood
    @finn_underwood2 ай бұрын

    I have, no joke, always wanted to see a series like this. The idea of using "So you've found yourself stuck in the past. Here's what you need to know" as a framing device to deliver historical education feels like a perfect recipe and I'm elated someone else thought of the idea and then actually had the expertise to *make* it. I hope this continues.

  • @izzynobre


    2 ай бұрын

    You’ll love The Knowledge. It’s a book framed as if there’s a society-destroying cataclysm coming and what you’d need to know to rebuild society. It covers literally everything!

  • @Melancthon7332


    2 ай бұрын

    Check out Connie Willis' Doomsday Book. It's a SF story about how time travel exists, and history professors are in charge of it. Really well thought out and researched, and a clever and entertaining read.

  • @Justfranktbh


    2 ай бұрын

    @@izzynobreI’ll look it up sounds interesting

  • @Swarm509


    2 ай бұрын

    While not a history book Michael Crichton's "Timeline" is quite good as a time travel book to 1357. It does cover a lot of how a modern person would interact with this world but is a science fiction book first. Much better then the movie of the same name.

  • @_SoBored


    2 ай бұрын

    Toldinstone channel did a nice series called "A Time Traveler's Guide to Ancient Rome" .

  • @Catholicconvertgroyper
    @Catholicconvertgroyper2 ай бұрын

    Honestly there’s so much in this video that it really can be fruitful and enjoyable to watch it multiple times

  • @aantony2001
    @aantony20012 ай бұрын

    I like how this video presents some very interesting topics through a more digestible way to a mass audience, and taking the approach of "how do you fit in/convince them you weren't a time traveller" opens up a lot of great avenues for exploring these topics, but "realistically" I don't believe it would be doable. I think it's important for the viewer to understand the sheer amount of studying you have to do to appear even remotely normal to medieval people. Learning a dead language at a conversational level is one thing, but also studying all the cultural norms would be a huge undertaking. In fact, I don't think we even have enough material for a modern individual to study. Remember, by the time these people were "adults" and accountable to the norms, they had more than a decade of intense training, starting from the time they were born. For every piece of mathematical knowledge, literary training, etc. a modern person has, a medieval person would have spent that time learning the norms and their craft. Of course presenting as someone from a far-away land would probably help significantly, but I think it's important to stress just how much "went on" in a person's life even back then, even though most of it probably happened on autopilot and would only be noticed by someone not familiar with it. Also 49:17: Hope that a wolf doesn't get to you before contact.

  • @drstrangelove85
    @drstrangelove852 ай бұрын

    In northern Europe, the "lingua franca" was actually not lingua franca but some form of low German. That worked for trade wherever the merchants of the Hanseatic league went. Might be an option as it brings you from Belgium, to Scandinavia, and to Russia. Pretty good deal as well.

  • @darolaho
    @darolaho2 ай бұрын

    God i love your style of video. It is so direct. Just a smart ass guy talking to you in front of a camera about history Feels like a great lecture.

  • @mattpahl9710
    @mattpahl97102 ай бұрын

    Alongside everyone else: PLEASE make this into a series! It's a great way to ambush us with some education haha

  • @Nubsicles
    @Nubsicles3 ай бұрын

    I started this telling myself “No way I’m sitting through this entire 1 hour video” and 59 minutes in I realized I needed another 2 hours. This was excellent.

  • @mrw0lf364


    3 ай бұрын

    I felt exactly the same!

  • @Lee-wh3ht


    3 ай бұрын

    This guy proved money isn’t the goal

  • @firelock9080


    3 ай бұрын

    Well said sir!

  • @netovalcacer359


    3 ай бұрын

    I'm watching for the third time, the whole thing! 😅😂

  • @jackangel4502


    3 ай бұрын

    Yo negro, what exactly do you think they would do to an Abyssinian brother like you in medieval Europe??? Remember, they didn't have any BS ideas like "multiculturalism" or "social justice" back then, homeboy!!!

  • @_Velveteye
    @_Velveteye2 ай бұрын

    As an occasional rennie, former timelord and history enthusiast, I appreciate this so much. Thanks for this refreshing video!

  • @poetryjones7946
    @poetryjones7946Ай бұрын

    I’m back watching this again, this guy really knows how to present social history in a fascinating way, I love it! Hoping he’ll do the Victorian, Edwardian, and mid century American era. Cheers!

  • @sarina8045
    @sarina8045Ай бұрын

    This was so good. Please make this a series 😍

  • @wrenorsomething9246
    @wrenorsomething92462 ай бұрын

    the way you speak is just so easy to follow and comprehend, my attention was held the entire time.

  • @AttilatheNun-xv6kc
    @AttilatheNun-xv6kc17 күн бұрын

    Don't know if someone else has covered this, but another KZreadr did a similar series on time travel to ancient Rome. A major question was how to finance your stay, since you wouldn't be able to use modern money. His advice on this would also apply to a medieval European town or city. His suggestion was to visit a supermarket before you time travel. Buy as much pepper as you'll be able to take with you. Make sure that it's securely packaged to prevent leakage and to preserve freshness. When you time travel, walk around markets and get a general sense of the price of stuff. Find a spice merchant and sell *only some* of your pepper. Do not sell a big amount because you risk "flooding the market". Another day find a different spice merchant and sell a bit more pepper. Repeat this process as often as necessary, each time selling to a different spice merchant to keep the selling price up. And sell small amounts of pepper each time so you don't have to walk around town with loads of cash on you.

  • @sydney4242
    @sydney42423 ай бұрын

    Honestly love how detailed this was for a non-existent scenario.

  • @kringle7804


    3 ай бұрын

    Wdym nonexistent I just came back from 1350s England

  • @arvohyvarinen4975


    3 ай бұрын

    whatd you think of it? im kinda curious of going myself@@kringle7804

  • @zeytelaloi


    3 ай бұрын

    It's good for people writing fiction and so on.

  • @madshoisgaard


    3 ай бұрын

    Actually regression hypnosis goes to previous lives all the time as maybe you are aware.. that is of course not exactly a time machine, as you go to previous, not present experiences ;D

  • @collinbeal


    3 ай бұрын

    ​@@madshoisgaardtheosophic orientalist appropriation 🤮

  • @LiftedMoonLight
    @LiftedMoonLight2 ай бұрын

    Wow, this was fascinating 👏 I'd love to hear about history in clever ways like this more often. 😊❤ Great job!! I feel prepared for my time jump!

  • @lilyd8908
    @lilyd89082 ай бұрын

    Love this concept! Would love to see an earlier medieval/dark ages version to see how they differ that would be cool

  • @annaw134
    @annaw1342 ай бұрын

    This was such a fun way to learn history, would love to see you cover other regions and times!

  • @Froggy-Frogs
    @Froggy-Frogs13 күн бұрын

    You know, it's wonderful that your foreign language pronunciation is so accurate. Italian and German both. Love that. And of course your entire narration style, loose narration (with the clever trick of referring back and forth between present and historic time) interspersed with concise deepdives into specific topics. So nice. I'll note that down for future educational projects!

  • @persnicketypotato
    @persnicketypotatoАй бұрын

    I really appreciate that you talk about medieval people as just that - people, products of their time with their own concerns and priorities, but still humans who are curious and interested in the world around them. I also really appreciate that you included Jewish experiences.

  • @degariuslozak2169
    @degariuslozak21693 ай бұрын

    As a time traveller,this has served me well throughout my medieval travels

  • @SpaghettyLuvsU


    3 ай бұрын

    He did a second part in 2031, you should check it out

  • @trapstoner


    3 ай бұрын

    Guys do you recommend his guide about the Mesozoic era he posted in 2037?

  • @SquirrltheRiddl


    3 ай бұрын

    u gys shld c HVL 3042

  • @isaiahdelgado7146


    3 ай бұрын

    Bro imma need them powerball numbers

  • @genewitch


    3 ай бұрын

    @@isaiahdelgado7146 better to know what stocks are going to be huge that are currently low value, new IPOs, and get in early. Yeah, you don't get half billion now, but with enough variety in stocks (or whatever) you'll be rich and invisible. Just tell people you let your cat pick stocks or something. I know the modern thinking of the stock market precludes this from working, but i think the theories don't really account for "perfect foreknowledge".

  • @Aaron8ishop
    @Aaron8ishop2 ай бұрын

    You NEED to make this a series!!

  • @cletokings4302
    @cletokings4302Ай бұрын

    Before playing the Witcher 3, I didn’t care about midival Europe now I find it fascinating.

  • @boadichea3634
    @boadichea36342 ай бұрын

    I love this video so much. I’m now realizing that I will watch hour long historical videos simply under the reasoning/guise of time travel. Talk about making learning fun!

  • @nlm2nd
    @nlm2ndАй бұрын

    This is the college lecture form of one of the suggested readings, Ian Mortinmer's time travel series, to me. I think my more recent "time travel" experience is when I played Pentiment, where I play an illuminator in 1518 in the Holy Roman Empire.

  • @forrest8482
    @forrest8482Ай бұрын

    Great video! I’ve always wondered what you would do if you were transported randomly into medieval Europe. How would you figure out where/when you are, the language, how to survive, etc. maybe you could make another video on this? I’d love to see more from you

  • @wvhdogg
    @wvhdogg2 ай бұрын

    As someone from medieval Europe who travelled to the future I can confirm this is accurate

  • @millianarakuzen


    2 ай бұрын

    How long do you get used to modern technology? 🤔

  • @cjheighton


    2 ай бұрын

    Ah yes, a vampire or immortal being. How goes it?

  • @lpnp9477


    2 ай бұрын

    Sorry if I'm doxxing you but are you Nandor the relentless? Or is it de laurentiis?

  • @guitarslim56


    2 ай бұрын

    Your English is quite good for a Medieval Frenchman.

  • @ironymatt


    Ай бұрын

    Well, howdy Pilgrim!

  • @infoskrimp420
    @infoskrimp420Ай бұрын

    this entire series is incredibly soothing for some reason? informative, fantastical, and a little bit of respite from current events.

  • @triple_gem_shining
    @triple_gem_shining2 ай бұрын

    Perfect! I've recently acquired a time traveling device!!

  • @flygirlfly
    @flygirlflyАй бұрын

    OVER 2 MILLION VIEWS!! You're on to something here... More, please.

  • @makenaalohalei9123
    @makenaalohalei91232 ай бұрын

    this is the best video on the platform thank you i feel ready for my travels

  • @Alfonso162008
    @Alfonso1620082 ай бұрын

    I think this video has been appearing in my recommended list pretty much since the day it was posted, and it was tempting me, but I had been putting off watching it because of its length. Luckily, I decided to "bite the bullet" and watch it, and I'm glad I did, because it is exactly as interesting and entertaining as I expected it to be, so kudos to all the people behind the scenes for pulling it off. You gained a new sub from me.

  • @ShamblerDK
    @ShamblerDK3 ай бұрын

    This is a really, _really_ good way to learn history. Putting yourself into a situation, where you'd need practical application for all this knowledge.

  • @Gubru


    3 ай бұрын

    Absolutely! I found myself absolutely captivated, and then I realized I just spent an hour learning about medieval history. Absolutely fantastic.

  • @trisageonamoux9100


    3 ай бұрын

    The other practical application for this type of knowledge is to realize humans have really not changed much at all only our frame of reference.

  • @monadamus42


    3 ай бұрын

    Lol, indeed, great point.

  • @hillerm
    @hillerm2 ай бұрын

    This is fascinating and is really helping me in preparing my D&D campaign!

  • @agustinaescudero3919


    2 ай бұрын

    I just thought what an amazing video for someone to make a medieval campaign

  • @johndonovan7018
    @johndonovan70182 ай бұрын

    this is the manual i needed. now im set for my trip. see you guys in a month

  • @Acd-Efz


    2 ай бұрын

    @johndonovan7018 Buon voyageeee … Do let us know how it went for you … Don’t forget to come back, just in case things improve around here …

  • @d_lta


    18 сағат бұрын

    howd it go

  • @johndonovan7018


    15 сағат бұрын

    got arrested a few times for being weird, but bribed my way out. i found many fair maidens but they were all 10. apparently most died by 18 so you didnt have much time... matter of fact i was like ancient only competition was the royal court, which i had no time for. thats because everything i ate gave me the shits. overall 4\10 it kinda sucked@@d_lta

  • @ishathakor
    @ishathakorАй бұрын

    as a time traveller preparing to visit medieval europe this video is very helpful, thank you!

  • @mishaguitar
    @mishaguitar13 күн бұрын

    I read William Manchester's book on the middle ages and in spite of his detailed knowledge on the subject I feel he has a lot of blind spots. You masterfully cover so many aspects of the society in such a short time! Thank you!

  • @richardgreiner9264
    @richardgreiner92642 ай бұрын

    Thank you . This was always a dream of mine . I really enjoyed this and the advice is very helpful!

  • @kat_astrophe4279
    @kat_astrophe42793 ай бұрын

    PLEASE MAKE MORE OF THESE!!! Personally, I’m not a time traveler, but this is very useful for writing practical historical fiction :)

  • @Opninja28


    3 ай бұрын

    Sounds like something a time traveler would say

  • @kaybee328


    3 ай бұрын

    exactly what a time traveler would say.. 😉

  • @everrettbreezewood3665


    3 ай бұрын

    Is it just me, or is that something a time traveler would say?

  • @JMCCDG26000


    3 ай бұрын


  • @Circa2000s


    3 ай бұрын

    You’re definitely a time traveler 🤣

  • @tire26
    @tire262 ай бұрын

    Someone must have read Timeline recently,ha. I enjoyed the video a lot. You could have podcasts like this about random historical topics mixed with fantastical elements like time travel and I'd love listening.

  • @zoziaz3992
    @zoziaz39922 ай бұрын

    I think about this scenario so often and what I would do and what problems I would face and how I have to behave in order to succeed. I love this video. Now I can think more detailed about it.

  • @jyleelee
    @jyleelee2 ай бұрын

    This was a video I didn't know I needed, but ended up enjoying a lot

  • @zachbitcon6169
    @zachbitcon61692 ай бұрын

    this guy is the goat! had a great trip! thanks for the tips dude

  • @ChorizoCentauri
    @ChorizoCentauri2 ай бұрын

    I am bewitched by our narrator's full head of hair. I love it!

  • @Declan_Moriarty
    @Declan_Moriarty3 ай бұрын

    The fact that a medieval traveller could get food and shelter from a stranger, and that one would let a traveling stranger dine and sleep in their home is wild by today’s standards. Imagine trying that today?!

  • @marteiasi


    3 ай бұрын

    Couch surfing is a pretty big thing :-) And it happens (rarely) that I invite travellers to my home, usually they are backpackers. and it happened to me that i was stranded somewhere and was invited to stay with someone.

  • @calebr908


    3 ай бұрын

    ​@@marteiasithat is done between friends usually. Not complete strangers

  • @Nervadane


    3 ай бұрын

    Do you accept cannibals

  • @gregorybertrand645


    3 ай бұрын

    I remember back in college I was drinking at a bar and talking to this guy. I lost track of time and missed the last bus to campus and it wouldn't been hours walking. The guy let me stay on his couch for the night and I'd only known him for a few hours at most.



    3 ай бұрын

    @@Nervadanebro WHAT. Where did that even come from

  • @SFpurphaze
    @SFpurphaze2 ай бұрын

    Idk how i ended up here but i need more of this

  • @baoboumusic
    @baoboumusic2 ай бұрын

    2 minutes in and I'm already in love with this video.

  • @lewisgann280
    @lewisgann2802 ай бұрын

    I just wanted to drop my .02¢ and say this channel is excellent and I have enjoyed every video of yours a great deal. Thank you for what you do.

  • @fizzy6093
    @fizzy60932 ай бұрын

    This was great advice! It definitely helped. Thank you 🙏🏻

  • @FullMetalXV
    @FullMetalXVАй бұрын

    This was amazing. Just a smart dude talking straight to us, no music or quacky edits. Refreshing actually

  • @llNightRoudll
    @llNightRoudll3 ай бұрын

    Found my lil bro watching this, I literally can't believe he willingly watched a hour long middle ages video instead of playing Fortnite, this way to present history like you're time traveling is crazy, schools should start to teach kids like this

  • @GaemingStudios


    2 ай бұрын

    Your lil bro is a real one for watching this

  • @BuizelCream


    2 ай бұрын

    Your lil bro has learned a lot. Hope his curiosity continues to get honed more for his benefit

  • @HectoGames


    2 ай бұрын

    I wouldnt be surprised if you found him trying to build a time machine next week

  • @han-sn8tu


    2 ай бұрын

    lol maybe I can get my lil bro to watch this too

  • @poodtang2104


    2 ай бұрын

    There is hope yet.

  • @ShaySovaOfficial
    @ShaySovaOfficialАй бұрын

    I want a video like this for EVERY time period! It’s such a cool way to put culture into context and learn about a subject. Love it. 🙌🏻

  • @spookyfrogs1874
    @spookyfrogs187429 күн бұрын

    I cannot believe how quickly this video hooked me, it only took seconds. Show me a still frame from this video? I'd be like wow this looks boring (forgive me please). But within the first minute and hearing you talk I am ready for the next hour. LET'S GO TIME TRAVELERS

  • @syberbeynon
    @syberbeynonАй бұрын

    I loved this.. thank you so much for making distant history feel real!

  • @theknightskyisi
    @theknightskyisiАй бұрын

    This has shown me that the worldbuilding in ascendance of a bookworm (while a fantasy world with plenty of magic) is very much informed by the study of medieval history and culture!

  • @Nurpus
    @Nurpus2 ай бұрын

    I don't think any other video made me truly internalize that the past was a real place with real people and not just words in a history book. Great job!

  • @han-sn8tu


    2 ай бұрын

    agreed! he does a great job of humanizing the people of that time. Personally I tend to think of historical people as being completely different from modern people, but in reality we are very similar.

  • @yoloyo7019


    2 ай бұрын

    @@han-sn8tu Yeah the whole, "Dude they're just going to think you're annoying and not talk to you" is pretty hilarious advice that puts it into perspective.

  • @poodtang2104


    2 ай бұрын


  • @callumfinlayson-palmer8393


    2 ай бұрын

    I think one of the things that helped me click in my head that we are the same as people of the past is looking at roman grafti.

  • @jetex1911


    2 ай бұрын

    My favorite one was some nordic runes found high up on a wall inside a church that I think read "This is very high"

  • @MsEKN
    @MsEKN2 ай бұрын

    This is AMAZING! Please please please do more videos like this one! 👏🏼

  • @antoineal-maqdissi9641
    @antoineal-maqdissi96412 ай бұрын

    Very interesting and funny way to analyse history.. Please do more of this kind of lecture.. Thanks alot ❤

  • @RileyEdwards-gt4qx
    @RileyEdwards-gt4qxАй бұрын

    Listening to this video had me taking mental notes as if I really was planning on time traveling to the middle ages

  • @pr9039
    @pr90392 ай бұрын

    This is the MOST FUN WAY I've ever learned about period-specific history. Well fuckin' done, bud.

  • @brycethralls9182
    @brycethralls91822 ай бұрын

    Please make a follow up video with perhaps additional categories of information to help explain, or caveat’s of the culture. In addition, just any additional information you provide at all would be great. This video was fantastic.

  • @cheeseplate7844
    @cheeseplate78442 ай бұрын

    I would love to see this turn into a series! Different periods, different countries... the possibilities.

  • @AverageAlien


    2 ай бұрын

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  • @cheeseplate7844


    2 ай бұрын

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  • @user-kx8pu6ys5i


    2 ай бұрын

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  • @funniefluffyfun9398


    2 ай бұрын

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  • @SirDondelinger


    2 ай бұрын

    "What not to do" in the year 1492.

  • @luizrafael7939
    @luizrafael79392 ай бұрын

    Great video. I found quite easy to deal with the germans per si. Now im looking forward to see your advices for ancient age - I would love to see Rome and maybe Cartagus 😊

  • @giiiizmo
    @giiiizmo8 күн бұрын

    This is the perfect type of video with information for writers, story tellers, producers etc.

  • @ak8990
    @ak89902 ай бұрын

    I’m so glad I watched this video first, I have to change my holiday travel plans so much right now on my Delorean.

  • ай бұрын

    thanks man! can't wait to visit in the holidays