The High Middle Ages : The Great Courses: Medieval History

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Philip Daileader
  • Series: The Great Courses: Medieval History
  • 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

At the dawn of the last millennium in the year 1000, Europe was one of the world's more stagnant regions - an economically undeveloped, intellectually derivative, and geopolitically passive backwater, with illiteracy, starvation, and disease the norm for almost everyone.
Yet only three centuries later, all of this had changed. A newly invigorated cluster of European societies had revived city life, spawned new spiritual and intellectual movements and educational institutions, and had begun, for reasons both sacred and profane, to expand at the expense of neighbors who traditionally had expanded at Europe's expense. This series of 24 lectures, filled with memorable detail, examines how and why Europeans achieved this stunning turnaround. By its conclusion, you will be able to describe and analyze the social, intellectual, religious, and political transformations that set into motion this midsummer epoch of the medieval world - an epoch you will come to know very well through Professor Daileader's vivid descriptions and examinations of its people, including

the warrior aristocracy of knights, castellans, counts, and dukes;
free and unfree peasants; and townspeople, both artisans and merchants;
its vibrant stirrings of religion and intellect, including monastic life and charismatic figures like Francis of Assisi and Thomas Aquinas;
the lives of those outside the religious mainstream, especially heretics and Jews;
and its major political developments and events, including the First Crusade, the Norman Conquest of England, and the granting of the Magna Carta.


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Customer Reviews

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Wonderful teacher

I adore the medieval in any form, but this professor makes a period that is so obscure come alive. He doesn't romanticize the period nor does he belittle it. He inserts humor and quotes that still stick with me.
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- Mary Elizabeth Reynolds

Good, but not his best

Of Professor Daileader's Medieval trilogy, this is probably the weakest offering. The reason I say that is mainly because of my own preference for narrative history rather than social/economic history, of which this course embraces mostly the latter.

That being said, I still highly recommend this course for anyone interested in the period. Daileader's delivery is highly entertaining and he even injects a fair amount of humor to the lectures.

Start with the Early Middle Ages though, since I think that is perhaps the best in the trilogy.
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- Hellocat

Book Details

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