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The series is divided into three main sections that provide you a framework for understanding medieval society through detailed descriptions of what life was like for peasants, merchants, and monarchs; show you how this rigid but well-entrenched social structure was shaken to the core by crises like the Hundred Years War and the Black Death, and let you experience the glorious renewal that followed, including the spread of Renaissance ideas and styles; the creation of the modern nation in Castile, France, and England; the "rediscovery" of Plato, and the far-reaching voyages of discovery.
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By Shawn on 12-30-13
Excellent Course & Presentation
What did you love best about Medieval Europe: Crisis and Renewal?
What was one of the most memorable moments of Medieval Europe: Crisis and Renewal?
The story about the boy who wanted a girl (geese). The lectures on romantic love.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The blending of high and popular culture. The end of the conclusion. I did not want the lecture to end and wished for more.
Any additional comments?
This lecture changed my life by virtue of expanding my perspective and helping me "tie down" old and hazy ideas that I've had since college and law school. I wish I were younger and a history student at UCLA. I especially liked his lecturing style. I liked that he was not afraid to think out loud. By this not only did he provide the idea but also the road map to it. Because of this, I got way more out of the lecture. He lectures like a grown up. Trust me, I speak in public for a living and this is rare quality indeed. He is a wise man and great and engaging lecturer.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
By Pete Rich on 04-19-16
A great course!
I loved listening to this course! The teacher is excellent, and it's a fascinating topic. It's not just the usual wars and conquerors, although this is included, but all spheres of society. Dr. Ruiz talks a lot about the philosophies and beliefs of the people living in this particular place and time. This is what makes the class so interesting!