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Europe in the High Middle Ages

Narrated by: Leon Nixon
Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
Categories: History, European
4.5 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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It was an age of hope and possibility, of accomplishment and expansion. Europe's High Middle Ages spanned the Crusades, the building of Chartres Cathedral, Dante's Inferno, and Thomas Aquinas. Buoyant, confident, creative, the era seemed to be flowering into a true renaissance - until the disastrous 14th century rained catastrophe in the form of plagues, famine, and war. 

In Europe in the High Middle Ages, William Chester Jordan paints a vivid, teeming landscape that captures this lost age in all its glory and complexity. Here are the great popes who revived the power of the Church against the secular princes; the writers and thinkers who paved the way for the Renaissance; the warriors who stemmed the Islamic tide in Spain and surged into Palestine; and the humbler estates, those who found new hope and prosperity until the long night of the 1300s. From high to low, from dramatic events to social structures, Jordan's account brings to life this fascinating age.

©2001 William Chester Jordan (P)2019 Tantor

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Good book narrator detracts

Overall a worthwhile history, little to no information for those familiar with the period but an excellent overview for the newly interested. The narrators voice and pace; however, the frequent and frequently repeated mispronunciations was distracting.

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