Today, Winchester is known as a small, quaint city and the host of the annual Hat Fair, Britain's longest-running street theatre festival. Voted as one of the most desirable places to live in the UK, the city hasn't always been this genteel, however, and Kaye Jones’ tour, Medieval Winchester, takes you through a romp of the bloodier reality.
“Modern Winchester is peaceful and popular with tourists, but I wanted to write a tour to show that this hasn't always been the case,” stated Jones, a graduate in Historical Studies, who fell in love with the subject a long time ago and has never looked back! A writer of e-books for History in an Hour, Jones’ forte is to reconnect with the past and show how our society has changed and developed over time.
“From the Norman Invasion in 1066 to the Black Death in 1348, Winchester was at the heart of some of the most turbulent events in our history and I wanted to bring this to life for visitors. I think the opportunity to see how ruined buildings, like Winchester Castle and Wolvesey Palace, used to look and to learn about how they came to be this way will be attractive to readers and will change the way that people think about this great city.”
Medieval Winchester is available for $1.99 on Rama, an augmented reality app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad that takes users on historical walking tours, which not only tell the story behind the stops on the tour, but also show historical images of how those locations appeared in the past. Rama was voted one of the ten best new travel apps by BBC Travel in 2010 and will be available for Android later this year.