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Download A History of the Middle Ages Audiobook (Unabridged)

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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 Griffin Publisher: Audio Connoisseur Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2004 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louisa | 2/8/2014

    " Emphasis on the story part of history. The accompanying teacher guide provides maps and activity ideas. There's a lot of repetition of activity themes: weapons (Celtic battle axes, Samurai swords, etc), costumes, medallions. As our history co-op has continued through the chapters, we have begun to come up with our own activities. Perhaps the favorite of these is "History by Mouth" and visits to a New York style deli (for the Jewish diaspora), Korean barbecue (for the Mongolian invasion of the East), and making Mayan hot chocolate (empires of the Americas). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LeeAnn | 2/2/2014

    " This is the second book in the history curriculum Susan Wise Bauer wrote. We are using it for the outline of our history studies this year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca | 1/28/2014

    " This got too violent at times. It focused on wars a lot. I especially was uncomfortable with the discussion of the take overs of the English throne and the disappearance of the two young princes, who were later found as skeletons buried in a chest. This was a bit too much for my 8 eight year old. Even just the discussion of the plague was pretty unsettling, but then, I suppose that it should be. Anyway, we are still pleased overall with the series, I just wish it had been less violent. We learned all sorts of interesting things and my daughter's attention was captivated. My younger children often listened in as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Cruver | 1/18/2014

    " I read this series to my children and they gave them two enthusiastic thumbs up! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/3/2014

    " Good elementary-level explanation of important world events and circumstances "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 12/29/2013

    " I love the activity books, but the books themselves are so dry yet thorough. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Albert Derbes | 12/28/2013

    " Like, volume 1, this work is intended to be read aloud to a child. Slightly more advanced in reading level than vol. 1. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 12/24/2013

    " Love the format and the information. Both the kids and I are learning so much and especially enjoying history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria Vargason | 12/23/2013

    " Our family would listen to Jim Weiss read the phone book. That's how much we love him. He never disappoints. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Schwarz | 12/12/2013

    " Another solid entry in Wise Bauer's history for kids. Amelia enjoyed this one as well and is looking forward to completing the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 12/2/2013

    " It's embarrassing how much I learned from this audiobook, really good though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candi | 11/26/2013

    " We listen to this constantly when we drive around town. My children, ages 7 and 5 absolutely love it, and I am shocked at what they remember. I would recommend it for anybody, with kids or not. It helps you put world history in a context that you can remember easily, and it's entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi Schulz | 10/25/2013

    " On our shelf for fall "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 9/7/2013

    " Excellent introduction to the Middle Ages. I always enjoy a well-written and -researched book for children when tackling a new subject. Great for overview and for getting the mind around difficult subjects. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 RobesonBoys | 4/2/2013

    " The boys are still enjoying this series... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren Librarian | 1/29/2013

    " I've never been good at remembering events in history. Even as an adult, I find many historical non-fiction stories really boring. This is meant for children (and I would definitely recommend it for children), but as an adult, I very much enjoyed this and plan to get the other volumes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/26/2013

    " We listen to this in the car going to and from school. My 8-year old adores it and begs for it. My 4 and 6 year old also like it. I really enjoy it as well, too, and have learned a lot about history that I either didn't learn or didn't remember. We did volume one last year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abigail Rasmussen | 10/29/2012

    " My Mom did not have "The Story of the World" books when I was in school. However I read all four of them a few years ago and still really enjoyed them. I will definitely be using these books when I am homeschooling my own children someday. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 dthaase | 10/26/2012

    " an excellent history text in a narrative format "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen L. | 1/24/2012

    " Another good story of the world book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shauna | 8/1/2011

    " I don't like the narrator, but these are great to listen to in the car. Educational, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy | 5/25/2011

    " This is the BEST history series for homeschooling all my kids. Parent tested - kid approved :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/20/2011

    " My children and I enjoy these CDs on a regular basis. The narrator has an excellent voice and the accompanying music really evokes a feeling for the time period. My children have effortlessly absorbed so much from these CDs. They have been a real asset to our homeschool "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 1/22/2011

    " We are in our second year of homeschool and are enjoying volume 2 just as much. We also bought the workbook and find it to be a very fun and helpful resource. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 1/7/2011

    " My kids always ask for more when reading this book about the history of the world. They are learning a lot from it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 7/6/2010

    " Reading this with Conner. These books are amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod | 6/17/2010

    " one of the great historians of the 20th century "

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