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The Modern Scholar: The Medieval World I: Kingdoms, Empires, and War | [Thomas F. Madden]

The Modern Scholar: The Medieval World I: Kingdoms, Empires, and War

This all-encompassing investigation of a highly influential time period includes the major events of the era and informative discussion of empire, papacy, the Crusades, and the fall of Constantinople. During the course of these lectures, Professor Madden also addresses the rise of Islam, reform movements, and schisms in the church. In so doing, Professor Madden underscores the significance and grand scale of an age that continues to hold an undeniable fascination for people today.
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Publisher's Summary

An award-winning, widely recognized expert on premodern history, Professor Thomas F. Madden launches the first of a two-part series on the medieval world. This all-encompassing investigation of a highly influential time period includes the major events of the era and informative discussion of empire, papacy, the Crusades, and the fall of Constantinople.

During the course of these lectures, Professor Madden also addresses the rise of Islam, reform movements, and schisms in the church. In so doing, Professor Madden underscores the significance and grand scale of an age that continues to hold an undeniable fascination for people today.

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©2009 Thomas F. Madden; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Chi-Hung Riverside, CA, USA 11-01-09
    Chi-Hung Riverside, CA, USA 11-01-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Another good course from a master"

    There are reasons why I bought just about every lectures given by Thomas F. Madden, if one can forgive his stylistic dullness, his lecture was concise, to the point and informative. The lecture bridges the gap between middle age and high middle age, often 14th century feel too much like a vacume, except 100 year war, it almost feel as if nothing interesting occur after the 4th crusade in 1204 to 1454, if you feel this way, this course would bridge it.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Waite Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN, USA 11-12-11
    Lee Waite Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN, USA 11-12-11 Member Since 2009
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    "An interesting and inspiring course"

    Dr. Madden's lectures inspired me to get interested in the medieval world to a degree that I had not anticipated. Extremely interesting topic. I learned so much. How little we know of the peoples, kingdoms and empires that formed the foundation of our society throughout the middle ages.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Yvette Melbourne, Australia 02-17-13
    Yvette Melbourne, Australia 02-17-13
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    "Prof Madden is fabulous"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Prof Madden is not at all condescending. This is part 1 of 2 parts- both are excellent and informative and Prof M makes amusing and interesting asides. I've listened to all about 4/5 times.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amr Toronto, ON, Canada 09-05-12
    Amr Toronto, ON, Canada 09-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Nice Overview"

    Nice overview on the political history of Europe in the Medieval time. Highlights the important turning points, and the events that lead to shape Europe as we know it today. It's a bit difficult to keep up with all the names and people if you're not already familiar with them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sean Loganville, Georgia, United States 03-04-14
    Sean Loganville, Georgia, United States 03-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic Listen"
    What made the experience of listening to The Modern Scholar the most enjoyable?

    The author ties everything together so well.


    Have you listened to any of the narrator’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I like all of Professor Madden's lectures.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher SYLMAR, CA, United States 11-13-13
    Christopher SYLMAR, CA, United States 11-13-13 Member Since 2000
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    "Wonderful History"
    If you could sum up The Modern Scholar in three words, what would they be?

    Great Learning System


    What other book might you compare The Modern Scholar to and why?

    Thomas Cahill's histories, gives a lot more background than just dates and actions.


    Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?

    This question is not relevant to this title


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

    Overall it is an eye opener to the fact that what we are taught were the "Dark Ages" were actually a pretty vibrant era of transition. His explanation of the the feudal system and how it developed was particularly insightful.


    Any additional comments?

    Other reviewers have disparaged the professor's style, I find it very engaging. It is as though he is talking directly to the listener and he sometimes drops in a modern idiom which is delightfully out of place.

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    Medievalist1189 TX, United States 10-24-13
    Medievalist1189 TX, United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Worthy every penny"
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    While this lecture is not a graduate level course by any means, it is a fantastic 200-300 level undergraduate lecture. Dr. Madden is the foremost Crusade historian alive today, and masterfully delivers his extensive knowledge in the Modern Scholar series. Do not listen to those who complain that it's too basic or that he lapses in speech, they're used to gaudy and verbose lectures. True genius is in communicating concisely and exactly, not with a plethora of obtuse and obscure words; take it from a medieval grad student-- less is more/better in academia.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Delano Philadelphia, PA, United States 06-30-10
    Delano Philadelphia, PA, United States 06-30-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Very very simple"

    This seems to be aimed at the home-school middle school market. He's clearly avoiding any big words and complex concepts. A good way to learn some basic names and stories of medieval history. The focus is very much on the popes, England, and France. Anyone hoping to learn about Spain or Eastern Europe will be out of luck. I was happily surprised that at least some attention is given to Late Antiquity (the Byzantine Empire).

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Marsha Lexington, KY, USA 12-09-09
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    "Excellent course, not so excellent professor"

    The course is very interesting and has a lot of good history in it, but the professor tends to stammer and repeat himself which makes it a bit annoying to listen to.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Knoxville, TN, United States 10-31-10
    Nicholas Knoxville, TN, United States 10-31-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Good content interrupted by the narrator"

    The scholar stammers, searches for words, and doesn't use voice inflection to the benefit of the reader; nevertheless, the content is spot on.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    "Excellent introduction to the period."
    What did you like most about The Modern Scholar?

    The story is told with accuracy and passion. The reader is lead along to understand the developing period through narrative.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    As a History, characters come and go, and while there are thumbnail sketches of individuals, the sweep of the period lets you understand that this is not a story of the lives of great men, but a more considered evaluation of the times.


    What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The natural medium of this text is aural : they are in effect lectures given to a small tutorial. While it would be possible simply to read the text, the nuance of the voice allows you to pick up on connection and inter connections.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The lectures are designed more to awaken the mind that excite the emotions.However it does make you think of past decisions that appear to have unexpected results. O tempera ! O Mores !


    Any additional comments?

    I can thoroughly recommend this lecture series as a good place to start with understanding the medieval period.

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    Babite, Latvia
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    "Good source of information"

    I have listened to several Thomas F.Madden's books. Although they are mostly built as lectures, they are easy to listen and follow. Good source of information whether for a student or just someone who is interested in the respective time period of our history, like me. The Medieval World series cover various areas and are very well presented and informative. Read by the author himself. Might take some time to get used to his voice and rather lecture like presentation style. Listened with delight and attraction. Suggest for widening the history knowledge and understanding.

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  • jeremy
    London, United Kingdom
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    "One of the better Modern Scholar courses"

    I'm a great fan of the Modern Scholar series, and like most of them the content here was excellent. Unlike some of them, this is presented in a very listenable way. A joy to listen to.

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