The Medieval World I: Kingdoms, Empires, and War [The Modern Scholar]

The Medieval World I: Kingdoms, Empires, and War [The Modern Scholar]
The Medieval World I: Kingdoms, Empires, and War [The Modern Scholar] by Thomas F. Madden, read by the Author
2009 | MP3@96 kbps | 8 hrs 20 mins | 344.86MB

An award-winning, widely recognized expert on premodern history, Professor Thomas F. Madden launches the first of a two-part series on the medieval world. This all-encompassing investigation of a highly influential time period includes the major events of the era and informative discussion of empire, papacy, the Crusades, and the fall of Constantinople.

During the course of these lectures, Professor Madden also addresses the rise of Islam, reform movements, and schisms in the church. In so doing, Professor Madden underscores the significance and grand scale of an age that continues to hold an undeniable fascination for people today.

The Medieval World II: Society, Economy, and Culture [The Modern Scholar]

The Medieval World II: Society, Economy, and Culture [The Modern Scholar Audiobook]
The Medieval World II: Society, Economy, and Culture [The Modern Scholar], read by the Author
2009 | MP3@64 kbps + PDF | 7 hrs 43 mins | 215.47MB

An award-winning, widely recognized expert on pre-modern history, Professor Thomas F. Madden concludes this two-part series on the medieval world. In this course, we will see the error of the commonly held assumption that the "Dark Ages" was a time of superstition, ignorance, and violence.

Rather than a time of darkness, the Middle Ages saw extraordinary innovation, invention, and cultural vitality. It was the Middle Ages that gave us universities, vernacular literature, and the extraordinary beauty of Gothic architecture.

To study the medieval world, then, is not only to study a time that has passed away. It is to study the birth of a new culture that would mature into the modern West. Whether we know it or not, the world we live in today is itself the product of the Middle Ages - not "Dark," but remarkably bright.

Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates [Audiobook]

Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates [Audiobook]
Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates [Audiobook] by David Cordingly, read by Don Hagen
2011 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 34 mins | 289.49MB

For this rousing, revisionist history, the former head of exhibitions at England's National Maritime Museum has combed original documents and records to produce a most authoritative and definitive account of piracy's "Golden Age." As he explodes many accepted myths (i.e. "walking the plank" is pure fiction), Cordingly replaces them with a truth that is more complex and often bloodier.

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