The Modern Scholar: Medieval Mysteries

  • by Thomas F. Madden
  • Narrated by Thomas F. Madden
  • 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

The Middle Ages is not only a period of Romance, but of legends, tales, and mysteries. In this course, Professor Thomas F. Madden guides listeners through the most famous and enduring narratives of medieval Europe. Beginning with King Arthur, Professor Madden peels back layers of exaggeration and fiction to lay bare the historical basis for the mythical king. Madden then examines myths of the medieval church, sexual myths of the Middle Ages, and myths about Robin Hood and the Shroud of Turin, all the time imparting an understanding of just what medieval people thought about their planet.


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Entertaining And Enlightening

Of all the courses that Thomas Madden has presented for The Modern Scholar series, this is perhaps his best.

He chooses some very interesting topics for discussion and treats each one with the respect and skepticism it deserves. One never gets the idea that he is pushing an agenda or trying to convince us of anything, but simply lets the facts speak for themselves.

My only criticism would be that the course is so short. I think there are many more mysteries he could have dealt with, such as those surrounding the Crusades.

Other than that, highly recommended.
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- Hellocat


Would you consider the audio edition of The Modern Scholar: Medieval Mysteries to be better than the print version?

I don't know if this lecture comes in text, but it's has a personal touch with Thomas Madden delivering his own material.

What did you like best about this story?

I feel like Madden covers a range of Medieval myths, some that I've wondered about since childhood.

Which scene was your favorite?

The first section about King Arthur. From movies to video game, I've been enamored with the idea of Arthur and the Sword in the Stone.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely while clicking away at my computer.

Any additional comments?

I look forward to additional content from Thomas Madden. Fantastic storyteller.

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- Timothy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-28-2014
  • Publisher: Recorded Books