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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (477 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Crane Brinton Narrator: Charlton Griffi Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A History of the Middle Ages is the amazing story of European man in transition. It is a dramatic chronicle of 1,000 years of political, social, and economic transformation beginning with the dissolution of the classical Mediterranean civilization and ending with the first flowering of the Renaissance. It is also the story of two new religions, Christianity and Islam, both of which were destined to dominate the mind of every person in those new civilizations arising in their wake. This was the great Age of Faith, a time of darkness and a time of enlightenment...a time of lords and vassals, popes and kings, and commerce and cathedrals.

This great history starts with a survey of Christianity, then continues with an exploration of the dark ages following the fall of Rome, before proceeding with an explanation of how Europe coped with, and absorbed, the barbarians who overran the Empire. It goes on to trace the development of feudalism and Islam, and describes the harrowing survival of Byzantium throughout the brutal chaos that swirled about the Eastern Roman Empire during the 9th and 10th centuries. Discover how national monarchies and the modern nation state came into being, how the West responded to the Islamic invasions, and how Christianity penetrated into the farthest reaches of Northern Europe. Understand the dramatic repercussions of the Great Schism in Christianity and how economic change in the West almost destroyed the church. Finally, discover the events which gave rise to the magnificent flowering of the Gothic Age and the explosion of knowledge which subsequently paved the way for the Renaissance. The Middle Ages were the precursor to everything which we in the west consider modern. This beautifully written history tells you why.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lynnea | 2/19/2014

    " I wish I would have had this as one of my history textbooks growing up! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Angelyn | 2/16/2014

    " I would love reading these myself even if I wasn't home schooling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Patricia | 2/12/2014

    " We stumbled across this as I searched for audio children's books that I could obtain through interlibrary loan. I was doubtful at first as we started to listen to it but eventually the tales grew on both Rory and me. We loved it in the end and have continued to work our way through the series. For me, I'm hearing history that I know wisps of as well as learning new things (I wish I could think of some examples at this moment!) Rory is fascinated (of course, lots of battles are chronicled.) But there's extensive information about the development of cultures around the world, and the text includes lots of little details that appeal to children. It's very well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Abe Goolsby | 2/11/2014

    " Read this one together with my family over the course of the past year or so, as we were studying the Middle Ages together as part of our homeschool history curriculum. This is a really great collection of stories and historical anecdotes. It's always possible to think of a few things here and there that I wish had been covered but weren't or had been given more treatment. (To cite one glaring omission, how can you discuss the Middle Ages in book length without even mentioning gothic architecture?) Be that as it may, I like the fact that this book (and this series, apparently) focuses upon western history without entirely ignoring what was going on in other parts of the world during the period. Also the integration of geography with the historical material is another big plus, one that is often overlooked in other historical curricula. "

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