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This was an excellent series, and well worth the listen. Professor Philip Daileader is a great scholar and an excellent lecturer. This is part three in a three part series on the middle ages taught by him and published by the Great Courses. Listening to all three are great, but you can listen to one as a standalone course and also benefit from it.
Professor Daileader takes you on an overview of the late middle ages, which he describes as roughly 1300-1500 AD. You will learn about the major political events and personalities of this time as well as social, intellectual, religious, and economic changes. Learn about the early humanists who gave birth to the Renaissance. Learn about how gunpowder change the weapons, armor, and architecture of Europe. Learn about the final collapse of the Roman Empire in the East with the fall of Constantinople. Learn about the dynamic personalities of Ferdinand and Isabella and their leadership in the reconquest of Spain, the institution of the Spanish inquisition, and the sending of Columbus on his fateful voyage in 1492. This is just a small taste of what you will learn here.
Professor Daileader also takes time to introduce you to the historiographical aspects of studying the middle ages and his personal opinion on the length and impact of the middle ages.
I could not recommend this series more highly, especially as way to learn about the time bridge between the high medieval age and the Renaissance, Reformation, & Enlightenment eras that took the west by storm soon afterwards.
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I sat through three courses on the subject with Professor Philip Daileader, and I enjoyed this one the most of the three. If you're interested in the era, go ahead and get this course.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
I have just finished all three of prof. Daileader's Middle Ages courses. For me, one theme stood out again and again: Religion has always been the source of so much conflict, violence and intellectual repression. Anyone following these courses will be forever grateful that they were not born into such times.
this trilogy of middle ages is so informative and thorough and fascinating. one of the most rewarding ive listened to and I intend to relisten to all some day.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this 'course' on the Middle Ages. It takes the form of a series of lectures on various topics illustrative of the period, ranging from political history to character vignettes and theology. The speaker/lecturer has a clear, humorous and entertaining delivery, allowing the presentation of a great detail of serious information via an accessible style. Highly recommended.