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    • Venice

    • A New History
    • By: Professor Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
    • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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    An extraordinary chronicle of Venice, its people, and its grandeur Thomas Madden’s majestic, sprawling history of Venice is the first full portrait of the city in English in almost thirty years. Using long-buried archival material and a wealth of newly translated documents, Madden weaves a spellbinding story of a place and its people, tracing an arc from the city’s humble origins as a lagoon refuge to its apex as a vast maritime empire and Renaissance epicenter to its rebirth as a modern tourist hub.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Absolutely wonderful

    • By Lauri Donahue on 10-26-13

    Regular price: $34.99

    • Istanbul

    • City of Majesty at the Crossroads of the World
    • By: Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
    • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
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    For more than two millennia, Istanbul has stood at the crossroads of the world, perched at the very tip of Europe, gazing across the shores of Asia. The history of this city - known as Byzantium, then Constantinople, now Istanbul - is at once glorious, outsized, and astounding. Founded by the Greeks, its location blessed it as a center for trade but also made it a target of every empire in history, from Alexander the Great and his Macedonian Empire, to the Romans and later the Ottomans.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent and Entertaining

    • By Jonathan Harris on 04-12-17

    Regular price: $31.49

    • The Modern Scholar: Empire of Gold: A History of the Byzantine Empire

    • By: Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated by: Thomas F. Madden
    • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In this course, Thomas F. Madden offers a history of the culture that developed out of the ancient Roman Empire throughout the Middle Ages. The story begins at the end of the Roman Empire in the third century AD and continues over the next 1000 years. Professor Madden leads a discussion covering the aftermath and influence of this extraordinary empire. Europeans now saw a world in which nothing stood between them as the last remnant of free Christendom and the ever-growing powers of Islam.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Solid Content, Great Presentation

    • By Kristopher on 01-02-09

    Regular price: $49.95

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

    • By: Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated by: Thomas F. Madden
    • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
    • Original Recording
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    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another good course from a master

    • By Chi-Hung on 11-01-09

    Regular price: $49.95

    • The Modern Scholar: Medieval Mysteries

    • The History Behind the Myths of the Middle Ages
    • By: Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated by: Thomas F. Madden
    • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
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    The Middle Ages is not only a period of Romance, but of legends, tales, and mysteries. In this course, Professor Thomas F. Madden guides listeners through the most famous and enduring narratives of medieval Europe. Beginning with King Arthur, Professor Madden peels back layers of exaggeration and fiction to lay bare the historical basis for the mythical king.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining And Enlightening

    • By Hellocat on 06-03-14

    Regular price: $17.49

    • The Modern Scholar: The Lost Warriors of God

    • The True History of the Knights Templar
    • By: Professor Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated by: Professor Thomas F. Madden
    • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 118
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    Professor Thomas F. Madden is a widely published author and the director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University. In The Lost Warriors of God, Madden examines one of the most fascinating organizations in world history: the Knights Templar, whose members gave up home, family, and worldly possessions to defend the Holy Land and the Christian pilgrims who journeyed there.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing and TRUE! No more conspiracy theories.

    • By LH on 05-18-15

    Regular price: $49.94

    • The New Concise History of the Crusades

    • Critical Issues in World and International History
    • By: Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated by: Claton Butcher
    • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98
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    How have the crusades contributed to Islamist rage and terrorism today? Were the crusades the Christian equivalent of modern jihad? In this sweeping yet crisp history, Thomas F. Madden offers a brilliant and compelling narrative of the crusades and their contemporary relevance.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Overview of the Crusades and their Place In Histor

    • By nicholas on 05-30-14

    Regular price: $23.94

    • Empires of Trust

    • How Rome Built - and America Is Building - a New World
    • By: Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated by: Richard Poe
    • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 171
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    In Empires of Trust, Professor Thomas F. Madden explores surprising parallels between the Roman and American republics. By making friends of enemies and demonstrating a commitment to fairness, the two republics - both "reluctant" yet unquestioned super-powers - built empires based on trust. Madden also includes vital lessons from the Roman Republic's 100-year struggle with "terrorism."

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A real eye opener

    • By Thomas Allen on 12-20-08

    Regular price: $31.49

    • The Modern Scholar: From Jesus to Christianity: A History of the Early Church

    • By: Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated by: Thomas F. Madden
    • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 186
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    In the first century of its existence, Christianity was both welcomed and vilified throughout the Roman Empire. Many of Christianity's original adherents were martyred. Christians themselves practiced their religion with great diversity, linked as much to local influences as theology. Political intrigue, theological beliefs, and simple misunderstandings created a need for dialogue between the many practitioners of the growing faith.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Introduction to History of Christianity

    • By Jason on 09-30-10

    Regular price: $49.95

    • The Modern Scholar: Odyssey of the West III: A Classic Education through the Great Books: The Medieval World

    • By: Prof. Timothy Shutt, Prof. Thomas F. Madden, Prof. Monica Brzezinski Potkay
    • Narrated by: Prof. Timothy Shutt, Prof. Thomas F. Madden, Prof. Monica Brzezinski Potkay
    • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Odyssey of the West I and II explored timeless works from the ancient world that shaped, and continue to shape, the culture and philosophies of life today. Part three is a richly detailed look at St. Augustine, Beowulf, St. Thomas Aquinas, Authurian legends, Dante, Gothic art, and other highlights of the period. Through the course of these lectures, it becomes apparent that the "dark" ages were in fact a time of immense achievement, and a time that richly rewards those who study its art and philosophies.

    Regular price: $49.95

    • The Modern Scholar: Upon This Rock: A History of the Papacy from Peter to John Paul II

    • By: Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated by: Thomas F. Madden
    • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
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    In this compelling series of lectures, widely esteemed author and professor Thomas F. Madden illustrates how the papacy, the world's oldest institution, gave birth to the West. Since Jesus Christ instructed the foremost of his Apostles, Peter, that he would be the rock upon which Christ would build his church, the papacy has survived the rise and fall of empires while continuing to assert an undeniable influence on world events.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A synthesis

    • By Chi-Hung on 02-07-10

    Regular price: $49.94

    • The Modern Scholar: Christianity At the Crossroads: The Reformations of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

    • By: Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated by: Thomas F. Madden
    • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105
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    Esteemed history professor Thomas F. Madden explores the reformations that swept across Christendom in the 16th and 17th centuries. The impact of these reforms affected government, popes, and kings as well as commoners, for at this time the Church was an omnipresent part of European identity-and the import of Church reforms on every level of life at this time simply cannot be underestimated.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Clarity!!

    • By Chi-Hung on 06-11-09

    Regular price: $49.95

    • The Modern Scholar: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

    • By: Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated by: Thomas F. Madden
    • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 306
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    In this informative and lively series of lectures, renowned history professor Thomas F. Madden serves as the ultimate guide through the fall of ancient Rome. Professor Madden correlates the principles of Roman conduct that would forever change the world. Rome was an empire unlike the world had ever seen, and one that will likely never be duplicated. Peopled with personages of great distinction and even greater ambition, the Roman Empire contributed many of history's proudest advancements.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good general survey, a lot of names.

    • By Greg on 02-09-09

    Regular price: $49.95

    • The Modern Scholar: A History of Venice

    • Queen of the Seas
    • By: Prof. Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated by: Thomas F. Madden
    • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4 out of 5 stars 141
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    Renowned professor Thomas F. Madden focuses his expertise on what has been called the most beautiful city in the world: Venice. In these lectures, Professor Madden explains how the city on the lagoon was established by refugees escaping the onslaught of northern “barbarians” invading the crumbling Roman Empire. Through its history, Venice housed the world’s leading merchants, thrived as a maritime powerhouse, and developed into an independent republic not unlike the present United States.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating history

    • By EmilyK on 06-04-17

    Regular price: $49.95

    • The Modern Scholar: Heaven or Heresy: A History of the Inquisition

    • By: Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated by: Thomas F. Madden
    • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
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    With a scholarly eye and infectious enthusiasm, widely published author and noted expert on pre-modern European history Thomas Madden imparts an understanding of the Spanish and Roman Inquisitions while dispelling popular myths associated with the subject.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Some of the best info on the Inquistion out there

    • By Trevor on 12-13-11

    Regular price: $49.95

    • The Modern Scholar: Odyssey of the West IV: A Classic Education through the Great Books: Towards Enlightenment

    • By: Timothy Shutt, Fred E. Baumann, Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated by: Timothy Shutt, Fred E. Baumann, Thomas F. Madden
    • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
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    The Odyssey of the West series addresses in chronological sequence the works that have shaped the ongoing development of Western thought both in its own right and in cultural dialogue with other traditions. Part four provides a close look at the period from the Renaissance to the Scientific Revolution and into the early Enlightenment. These lectures take in the immense variety and singular achievements that have helped mold our present societies.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • It's a clear review of European history,.

    • By Tim Regan on 08-04-17

    Regular price: $49.95

    • The Crusades Controversy

    • Setting the Record Straight
    • By: Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated by: Douglas James
    • Length: 41 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Closing the gap between historical understanding and popular perception, historian Thomas Madden shows that it's not the Crusades that led to the conflict between the Muslim Middle East and the West but the artificial memory passed down by Arab nationalists and Islamists. Today, when the Crusades are used as a justification for recent wars and acts of violence, The Crusades Controversy provides a sane understanding of how these holy wars fit within the context of history and the modern challenges our world faces today.

    Regular price: $3.95

    • The Modern Scholar: The Catholic Church in the Modern Age

    • By: Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated by: Thomas F. Madden
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
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    Professor Thomas F. Madden leads these compelling lectures, focusing on a Church both adapting to a world in flux and striving to exert its influence and power. Throughout modernity, the Church responded to and weathered a host of major world events: the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, colonization of the New World, and of course the World Wars. As the face of the Church, the popes affected Catholicism in ways that can only be truly understood from a careful examination of the past.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent!

    • By William on 12-18-12

    Regular price: $49.95

    • The Modern Scholar: God Wills It!: Understanding the Crusades

    • By: Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated by: Thomas F. Madden
    • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114
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    The story of the many crusades are filled with an unremitting passion to keep or return the home of Christianity to Christians. It is also filled with death, destruction, disorder, greed, avarice, and self-interest on all sides. Much of what occurred during the Crusades has come down to us today in the form of continued suspicion among religious ideologies - not only between Christians and Muslims, but also internally among Christian sects and, to some degree, among Muslim sects.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent set of lectures!

    • By roryski on 01-23-11

    Regular price: $49.95

    • The Modern Scholar: The Tiber and the Potomac: Rome, America, and Empires of Trust

    • By: Thomas F. Madden
    • Narrated by: Thomas F. Madden
    • Length: 8 hrs
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
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    Esteemed university professor and best-selling author Thomas F. Madden presents an intriguing series of lectures based on a fascinating premise: that the United States has more in common with the rising Roman Republic than with the declining Roman Empire.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An Important Historical Analysis

    • By Gary Marcus on 03-13-11

    Regular price: $49.95