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Medieval Myths & Mysteries

Narrated by: Dorsey Armstrong
Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
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Our favorite moments from Medieval Myths & Mysteries

Chapter 2, Lecture 1: Misconceptions about the Middle Ages
  • Chapter 2, Lecture 1: Misconceptions about the Middle Ages
Two conflicting views of the Middle Ages
Chapter 4, Lecture 3: The Holy Grail
  • Chapter 4, Lecture 3: The Holy Grail
"Who was King Arthur?"
Chapter 11, Lecture 10: The Medieval World and Game of Thrones
  • Chapter 11, Lecture 10: The Medieval World and Game of Thrones
Discovering history through Game of Thrones.

  • Chapter 2, Lecture 1: Misconceptions about the Middle Ages
  • Two conflicting views of the Middle Ages
  • Chapter 4, Lecture 3: The Holy Grail
  • "Who was King Arthur?"
  • Chapter 11, Lecture 10: The Medieval World and Game of Thrones
  • Discovering history through Game of Thrones.

"We'll also put to rest many long-held misconceptions about medieval people
and the world they lived in. Discovering along the way that people then
and people now are more alike than they are different."

Professor Dorsey Armstrong, The Great Courses
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About the Professor

Dr. Dorsey Armstrong is professor of English and medieval literature at Purdue University, where she has taught since 2002. The holder of an AB in English and creative writing from Stanford University and a PhD in medieval literature from Duke University, she also taught at Centenary College of Louisiana and at California State University, Long Beach. Dorsey applied her extensive knowledge to audio lectures on Medieval Myths & Mysteries. Her research interests include medieval women writers, late-medieval print culture, and the Arthurian legend, on which she has published extensively and includes the 2009 book Sir Thomas Malory’s Morte Darthur: A New Modern English Translation Based on the Winchester Manuscript and Gender and the Chivalric Community in Malory's Morte d'Arthur, published in 2003. In January 2009, she became editor-in-chief of the academic journal Arthuriana, which publishes the most cutting-edge research on the legend of King Arthur, from its medieval origins to modern scholarship.

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Well read and researched

The author did a good job with reseaching and reading her work. Well done on this book.

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  • Joanne
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  • 10-18-19

Love her lectures

I've listened to Professor Armstrong's lectures before and have always thoroughly enjoyed them. I've actually listened multiple times to her King Arthur and Black plague ones. This was a lot of fun, great researched material, & I adore the presenter.

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Can't get enough of this!

My library has MANY books about Medieval times. This is by far the best . Dorsey Armstrong has hit this one out of the park. I felt totally immersed in the Dark Ages while listening . Her presentation and content was alive and refreshingly entertaining, yet educational and thought provoking. I'm looking forward to listening to this many times over.

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Fascinating!

Wonderful read! Ms. Armstrong is witty, insightful and just plain interesting to listen to. I highly recommend this to anyone who has an interest in this particular topic.

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Well-researched and narrated

Another great lecture series from Dorsey Armstrong! Fascinating and insightful. She definitely does her homework and makes it digestible for her audience.

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Fascinating! Excellent!

The narrator and Professor of this course was informative and entertaining throughout! I am now going to search for other courses taught and narrated by her.

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An introduction to medieval history

An interesting introduction to medieval history. My only complaint is that this course was too short.

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You just changed the name.

It the same book as medieval world. That all I got to say. Good by.

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