The best books for time-traveling back to the past

The Books I Picked & Why

The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century

By Ian Mortimer

Book cover of The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century

Why this book?

This book really did fulfill the title! It helped me travel back in time to the 1300s in England. I felt like I was there and engaging all my senses, learning how it felt, tasted, sounded, looked, and smelled. The details were thorough and helped me write my fictional time travel book more realistically.


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Daily Life in the Middle Ages

By Paul B. Newman

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Why this book?

Intriguing, little-known facts make this book another way to travel into the past, showcasing everything from eating, cooking, clothing, housing, and relaxing. It provides fascinating details of what everyday life was really like in the Middle Ages, facts that can’t be gleaned simply by watching movies or television programs.


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The Rose Garden

By Susanna Kearsley

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Why this book?

The main character of this novel travels back in time to 18th century Cornwall. The time-travelling element is beautifully done and swept me from the present to the past seamlessly and with such intrigue that I felt like I was struggling to adjust to the differences of the past with the heroine. The ambiance of medieval times stays with me and helped inspire me as I wrote my time travel book.


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Outlander

By Diana Gabaldon

Book cover of Outlander

Why this book?

While this time travel novel is long and contains some difficult scenes (of torture and rape), I loved the historical details woven throughout as seen through the eyes of a contemporary woman trying to survive in an environment that could often be hostile and dangerous for women, especially a woman who comes under suspicion for her strange (contemporary) ways. 


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Waterfall

By Lisa T. Bergren

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Why this book?

Another time travel novel, this particular book takes readers on an adventure to 14th century Italy. The vehicle for time travelling is unique and the setting is also unique. Once again, the reader is on the edge of his or her seat as the character is plunged into danger, always wondering if the character will survive and stay in the Middle Ages or return to the present.


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