The Modern Scholar: The Medieval World I: Kingdoms, Empires, and War
- Narrated by: Thomas F. Madden
- Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
- Release date: 27-07-09
- Language: English
- Publisher: Recorded Books
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By Lord Peridot on 13-08-18
Genesis of modern Europe
This is another great set of lectures by Prof. Madden which illuminates the evolution of the western Roman Empire into something recogniseable as modern day Europe. Besides the fall of Rome, Madden discusses the related issues of the barbarian tribes which took over the empire, Christendom, the Crusades & the Papacy, the rise of England & France as nation states, the new Islamic Arabic Empire and the survival of the Roman Empire in the east. If you want to understand the foundations of modern Europe you need to go further back than the Enlightenment & the Renaissance. And that is just what Madden does here. Lecture titles from the PDF below :
1. The End of an Empire and the Beginning of the World
2. The Empire Strikes Back: Justinian I and the Reconquest of the West
3. Storm in the East: The Rise of Islam
4. The New Masters of Rome: The Popes
5. A New Empire: The Carolingians
6. Devastation Again: The New Invasions of Europe
7. To Reform and Rebuild: The Eleventh-Century Reform Movement
8. The Clash of Church and State: The Investiture Controversy
9. The Crusades
10. Growing Kingdoms: England and France
11. The Rise and Fall of the Papal Monarchy
12. Europe Asunder: The Avignon Papacy and the Great Schism
13. The Hundred Years War
14. Europe Stands Alone: The Fall of Constantinople
By George on 07-07-14
Excellent introduction to the period.
What did you like most about The Modern Scholar?
The story is told with accuracy and passion. The reader is lead along to understand the developing period through narrative.
Who was your favorite character and why?
As a History, characters come and go, and while there are thumbnail sketches of individuals, the sweep of the period lets you understand that this is not a story of the lives of great men, but a more considered evaluation of the times.
What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
The natural medium of this text is aural : they are in effect lectures given to a small tutorial. While it would be possible simply to read the text, the nuance of the voice allows you to pick up on connection and inter connections.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The lectures are designed more to awaken the mind that excite the emotions.However it does make you think of past decisions that appear to have unexpected results. O tempera ! O Mores !
Any additional comments?
I can thoroughly recommend this lecture series as a good place to start with understanding the medieval period.
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By Chi-Hung on 01-11-09
Another good course from a master
There are reasons why I bought just about every lectures given by Thomas F. Madden, if one can forgive his stylistic dullness, his lecture was concise, to the point and informative. The lecture bridges the gap between middle age and high middle age, often 14th century feel too much like a vacume, except 100 year war, it almost feel as if nothing interesting occur after the 4th crusade in 1204 to 1454, if you feel this way, this course would bridge it.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
By An engineer who can measure stuff on 12-11-11
An interesting and inspiring course
Dr. Madden's lectures inspired me to get interested in the medieval world to a degree that I had not anticipated. Extremely interesting topic. I learned so much. How little we know of the peoples, kingdoms and empires that formed the foundation of our society throughout the middle ages.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful