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Would you consider the audio edition of The Medieval World to be better than the print version?
Its a University course, so no print version - and the audio version is awesome.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Medieval World?
Many great moments, especially the various debunkings of myths everybody holds about the middle ages. I loved the chapter on the Plague, and how its consequences are explained both in a socio-cultural way and an economic way.
What about Professor Dorsey Armstrong’s performance did you like?
Clear, compelling, energetic. If I could go back to school, I'd love to learn from her.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Its a bit long for one sitting, but I've listened to it for hours in a row.
Any additional comments?
If you like Prof. Drout's courses from the Modern Scholar, you will love this course.
18 of 19 people found this review helpful
As Dorsey Armstrong says, "most people think of the middle ages as a dark period between the Roman Empire and the Renaissance". So did I. But, in this gem of a series, she shows that the Middle Ages is a very interesting and period, full of colorful characters (King Arthur, for example), adventures (the crusades), achievements (the gothic cathedrals) and much, much more.
Prof Armstrong's narration is very appealing. She is articulate, warm, funny at times, and her pronunciation is easy to follow.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
The lecture course presents good overview of the Medieval World. It is well structured, focusing rather on daily life in that period and major events having the influence, rather than just retelling of historic facts.
However, from my personal experience - check if you can cope with the narrator`s voice and way of narrating before buying the book. Sometimes the tone of voice can get very annoying, which almost forced me so stop listening for several times along the story.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Any additional comments?
In general a very good overview of medieval life. Maybe noting that the descriptions were more about Western Europe, quite a few things were different in the East and North.
Overall, still very much recommend it!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Well designed course with a logical progression of topics through the medieval period. Excellent descriptions of the living conditions of all classes, not just the wealthy. The lecturer was engaging and clearly knowledgeable.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Enjoyed it overall
But was weak on technology and climate
I feel it was written with too much or alarms on the written record
0 of 2 people found this review helpful