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Shawn

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  • Medieval Europe: Crisis and Renewal

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Teofilo F. Ruiz
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    The Middle Ages harshly tested every aspect of human perseverance, imagination, and survival. Living conditions were squalid for almost everyone except the ruling elite, and most of the riches of Western culture were preserved in monasteries and on other continents. And into this setting came widespread famines, prolonged wars, and plagues that marked Europe's late medieval period as one of the most harrowing in recorded history.

    Shawn says: "Excellent Course & Presentation"
    "Excellent Course & Presentation"
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    What did you love best about Medieval Europe: Crisis and Renewal?

    The lecturer.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Medieval Europe: Crisis and Renewal?

    The story about the boy who wanted a girl (geese). The lectures on romantic love.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The blending of high and popular culture. The end of the conclusion. I did not want the lecture to end and wished for more.


    Any additional comments?

    This lecture changed my life by virtue of expanding my perspective and helping me "tie down" old and hazy ideas that I've had since college and law school. I wish I were younger and a history student at UCLA. I especially liked his lecturing style. I liked that he was not afraid to think out loud. By this not only did he provide the idea but also the road map to it. Because of this, I got way more out of the lecture. He lectures like a grown up. Trust me, I speak in public for a living and this is rare quality indeed. He is a wise man and great and engaging lecturer.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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