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There are reasons why I bought just about every lectures given by Thomas F. Madden, if one can forgive his stylistic dullness, his lecture was concise, to the point and informative. The lecture bridges the gap between middle age and high middle age, often 14th century feel too much like a vacume, except 100 year war, it almost feel as if nothing interesting occur after the 4th crusade in 1204 to 1454, if you feel this way, this course would bridge it.
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Dr. Madden's lectures inspired me to get interested in the medieval world to a degree that I had not anticipated. Extremely interesting topic. I learned so much. How little we know of the peoples, kingdoms and empires that formed the foundation of our society throughout the middle ages.
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What did you like most about The Modern Scholar?
The story is told with accuracy and passion. The reader is lead along to understand the developing period through narrative.
Who was your favorite character and why?
As a History, characters come and go, and while there are thumbnail sketches of individuals, the sweep of the period lets you understand that this is not a story of the lives of great men, but a more considered evaluation of the times.
What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
The natural medium of this text is aural : they are in effect lectures given to a small tutorial. While it would be possible simply to read the text, the nuance of the voice allows you to pick up on connection and inter connections.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The lectures are designed more to awaken the mind that excite the emotions.However it does make you think of past decisions that appear to have unexpected results. O tempera ! O Mores !
Any additional comments?
I can thoroughly recommend this lecture series as a good place to start with understanding the medieval period.
I have listened to several Thomas F.Madden's books. Although they are mostly built as lectures, they are easy to listen and follow. Good source of information whether for a student or just someone who is interested in the respective time period of our history, like me. The Medieval World series cover various areas and are very well presented and informative. Read by the author himself. Might take some time to get used to his voice and rather lecture like presentation style. Listened with delight and attraction. Suggest for widening the history knowledge and understanding.