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The Great Courses: Medieval History
ORIGINAL
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  • 1066: The Year That Changed Everything

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Jennifer Paxton
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    With this exciting and historically rich six-lecture course, experience for yourself the drama of this dynamic year in medieval history, centered on the landmark Norman Conquest. Taking you from the shores of Scandinavia and France to the battlefields of the English countryside, these lectures will plunge you into a world of fierce Viking warriors, powerful noble families, politically charged marriages, tense succession crises, epic military invasions, and much more.

    Joshua says: "History brought to life"
    History brought to life

    It's definitely one of the better books I've listened to. For certain it ranks among the best non-fiction titles in my library.

    Reviewed on July 10 2013 by Joshua (United States)
  • The Medieval World

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Dorsey Armstrong
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    Far from being a time of darkness, the Middle Ages was an essential period in the grand narrative of Western history. But what was it like to actually live in those extraordinary times? Now you can find out.These 36 lectures provide a different perspective on the society and culture of the Middle Ages: one that entrenches you in the daily human experience of living during this underappreciated era.

    Dr. Cosens-Hellstrom says: "Excellent introduction to Medieval History!"
    Excellent introduction to Medieval History!

    This lecture series is an excellent introduction to the nuances of the Medieval World. The series is well detailed and interesting - enticing the lis..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 10 2013 by Dr. Cosens-Hellstrom (Northern Lower Michigan)
  • The Early Middle Ages

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Philip Daileader
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    The Early Middle Ages-the years from A.D. 650 to 1000-were crucial to Europe's future social and political development. These 24 lectures trace a journey from Scandinavia across northern and central Europe to the farthest reaches of the Byzantine and Islamic empires, providing an exciting new look an era often simply called the "Dark Ages."

    Mary Elizabeth Reynolds says: "Early Middles"
    Early Middles

    I enjoy everything that this professor does, but I do enjoy this time period this best. He has such a good sense of humor and relevance.

    Reviewed on March 16 2014 by Mary Elizabeth Reynolds (SUMMERVILLE, SC, United States)
  • The Vikings

    • ORIGINAL (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Kenneth W. Harl
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    As raiders and explorers, the Vikings played a decisive role in the formation of Latin Christendom, and particularly of western Europe. Now, in a series of 36 vivid lectures by an honored teacher and classical scholar, you have the opportunity to understand this remarkable race as never before, studying the Vikings not only as warriors, but in all of the other roles in which they were equally extraordinary - merchants, artists, kings, raiders, seafarers, shipbuilders, and creators of a remarkable literature of myths and sagas.

    Peter says: "Good Informational Listen"
    Good Informational Listen

    I liked it. I enjoy history, and with this book, history is what you get. The narration is obviously a bit different, since it is a compilation of le..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 03 2013 by Peter (HIXTON, WI, United States)
  • The Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest

    • ORIGINAL (19 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Jennifer Paxton
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    These 36 lectures tell the remarkable story of a tumultuous thousand-year period in the history of England. Dominated by war, conquest, and the struggle to balance the stability brought by royal power with the rights of the governed, it was a period that put into place the foundation of much of the world we know today. As you journey through this largely chronological narrative you'll see key themes emerge, including the assimilation of successive waves of invaders, the tense relationship between kings and the nobility, and the constant battles over money and taxation.

    Benoibe says: "Absolutely OUTSTANDING!!!"
    Absolutely OUTSTANDING!!!

    I've purchased several of these Great Courses Lectures. I've been pleased with nearly all of them. However, this is one that goes above and beyond my ..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 20 2013 by Benoibe (New Orleans, LA, United States)
  • The Era of the Crusades

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Kenneth W. Harl
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    What were the forces that led to one of history's most protracted and legendary periods of conflict? How did they affect the three great civilizations that participated in them? And, ultimately, why did they end and what did they accomplish? In these 36 lectures, you'll look at the "big picture" of the Crusades as an ongoing period of conflict involving Western Christendom (we would now call it Western Europe), the Byzantine Empire, and the Muslim world.

    Tad Davis says: "Fascinating background"
    Fascinating background

    Kenneth Harl’s series of lectures forms a good basic introduction to the Crusades. Seven of them are covered in detail, from the first, with Raymond o..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 31 2013 by Tad Davis (Philadelphia, PA USA)
  • 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

    The lecturer.

    Reviewed on December 30 2013 by Shawn (Piedmont, CA, United States)
  • The High Middle Ages

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Philip Daileader
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    At the dawn of the last millennium in the year 1000, Europe was one of the world's more stagnant regions-an economically undeveloped, intellectually derivative, and geopolitically passive backwater, with illiteracy, starvation, and disease the norm for almost everyone. Yet only three centuries later, all of this had changed.

    Mary Elizabeth Reynolds says: "Wonderful teacher"
    Wonderful teacher

    I adore the medieval in any form, but this professor makes a period that is so obscure come alive. He doesn't romanticize the period nor does he belit..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 02 2014 by Mary Elizabeth Reynolds (SUMMERVILLE, SC, United States)
  • The Late Middle Ages

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Philip Daileader
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    The Late Middle Ages-the two centuries from c. 1300 to c. 1500 - might seem like a distant era, but students of history are still trying to reach a consensus about how it should be interpreted. Was it an era of calamity or rebirth? Was it still clearly medieval or the period in which humanity took its first decisive steps into modernity? These 24 provocative lectures introduce you to the age's major events, personalities, and developments, and arms you with the essentials you need to form your own ideas about this age of extremes.

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  • How the Crusades Changed History

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Philip Daileader
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    Centuries have passed since the last crusader knight laid down his sword, but the Crusades continue to hold sway over our world. Because the Crusades have been so consequential to history, it's essential to understand the context, motivations, and preconditions of these dramatic military campaigns. In doing so, you'll not only get a fresher understanding of the Crusades, you'll discover surprising truths about why (and how) they were fought.

    D. Littman says: "I am so pleased that Teaching Co is now on Audible"
    I am so pleased that Teaching Co is now on Audible

    Philip Daileader is one of my favorite Teaching Company lecturers. I have listened to his 3 middle ages from TC directly and I just finished this Crus..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 24 2013 by D. Littman (OH)