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In this indispensable volume, one of America's ranking scholars combines a life's work of research and teaching with the art of lively narration. Both authoritative and beautifully told, The Middle Ages is the full story of the thousand years between the fall of Rome and the Renaissance - a time that saw the rise of kings and emperors, the flowering of knighthood, the development of Europe, the increasing power of the Catholic Church, and the advent of the middle class.

©2015 American Heritage (P)2017 HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books

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In depth look at the middle ages

Most historians give overviews in their history, mostly because they are covering a vast amount time and space with little room to maneuver, but Morris Bishop was more detailed in the lives of medieval Europe than most. It was interesting to know how they ate, when the ate, what the ate, the house decor, the daily lives of peasants and nobles and the intricacies of the daily lives of people on a whole. The reading by Michael Page was very good as well, he had great diction and was easy to follow. I recommend this audio book for those who want tor have a deeper understanding of how people lived throughout medieval Europe.

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Informative as well as entertaining.

A very good book. Nice listen. Covered a broad expanse of society in the middle ages. Good book for anyone who finds the time interesting.

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Excellent history

Written in 1965 apparently but you wouldn't know it. Excellent survey of 1000 years and written in a narrative style akin to Bill Bryson's.

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"It's All left to the imagination."

I really enjoyed the audiobook for the most part. It was very interesting to hear about what life was like for various types of people in the middle ages rather then endless names of kings and battles and dates. The big problem I had with this audiobook was that the later chapters talked a lot about art and architecture. It would have been very helpful to have have a pdf guidebook with PICTURES and illustrations. I even purchased the kindle ebook in hopes of getting pictures, diagrams and maps, but it had NONE! An ebook that discuss art and architecture without a single picture. Boo

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Like an Entertaining "Middle Ages 101" Course

title says it all, expertly written, entertainingly performed! Really makes you want a more detailed version for next time -

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loved it!

I know little about history, but 90% of this was fascinating! I may listen to it again.

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Well done

Pleasantly (peasantly? :) surprised. Narration was well paced and clear. The book itself surprised aswell, i was expecting an endless stream of names and dates, instead got a not too broad strokes overview of what the daily life, philosophy, warfare, courtship, medicine and endless crazyness of christian church politics was like - exactly what i was looking for. Could use some humour here and there and i could hear the narrator was trying to insert some sarcasm and nuance, which is always welcomed. Might listen again after some time.

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A good overview

I was hoping for more detail but the book provides a good overview of the age

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Interesting but not exciting.

Read as one long paragraph. The times I was hoping the author would go into detail, I was left with more questions. Best use of this book is to take notes and do further research to answer the questions you have.

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excellent, detailed, well written

excellent, detailed, well written ...one of the best general histories of the period I've found

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Good

not bad at all, started off really good but got a little tedious toward the end. overall a good read

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