The Medieval World : The Great Courses: Medieval History

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Dorsey Armstrong
  • Series: The Great Courses: Medieval History
  • 18 hrs and 15 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

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. Drawing on history, literature, the arts, technology, and science, these lectures will deepen the way you understand not only the Middle Ages but everything that came afterward: from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment to your own world.
Filled with amazing insights, this series brings you closer than ever before to life as it was lived and felt. You'll meet the likes of William Caxton, England's first printer who not only printed and distributed a variety of works but also often had to translate them himself; learn about Hugh of Payns and the role of his Knights Templar - organized for the protection of pilgrims traveling to Jerusalem - in the creation of the first modern bank; see how communities dealt with marriage in a time when the church had not yet drawn this institution into its orbit; and much more.
Rich with information and period detail (including revealing examples of medieval literature from the English, French, Norse, Icelandic, and Italian worlds), these lectures will dramatically increase your understanding of how lives in the Middle Ages were really lived.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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Good story, but annoying narrotor`s voice

The lecture course presents good overview of the Medieval World. It is well structured, focusing rather on daily life in that period and major events having the influence, rather than just retelling of historic facts.
However, from my personal experience - check if you can cope with the narrator`s voice and way of narrating before buying the book. Sometimes the tone of voice can get very annoying, which almost forced me so stop listening for several times along the story.
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- Ieva

Utterly Spellbinding...

I'll admit I'd had this title on my Wish List for some time, but somehow I always opted for something else when time came to choose my next listening experience. Listening to these lectures now, I keep thinking to myself, "Why did I wait so long?"

This series of lectures are nothing short of astounding; informative, clear, thorough and all delivered expertly by the highly-engaging Prof Armstrong, who keeps the listener interested and involved at every turn. I've already repeated certain sections as they are so interesting. I'm about 3/4 of the way through as I write this, and already looking forward to my commute home so I can pull on my headphones and re-immerse myself in this fascinating subject.

Forget the image you may have of the medieval world, and discover a different view of an age that has been much-maligned by history books and Hollywood alike.

Very highly recommended
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- Colin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses