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Medieval Myths & Mysteries

Narrateur(s): Dorsey Armstrong
Durée: 5 h et 6 min
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Was King Arthur a real person? What about Robin Hood? Is the Holy Grail a cup, or something else, altogether? Did Europeans really burn millions of people at the stake for witchcraft, in the past? These are just a few of the questions you will explore with the help of medieval scholar Dorsey Armstrong as she reveals the truth about the stories we continue to tell about the medieval period. Some contain nuggets of truth, others are wholly fabricated, but all of them can tell us something about the past.

From films like Braveheart and Excalibur to literature such as Ivanhoe and Morte d’Arthur, the years between 500 and 1500 have generated amazing stories of knights and damsels, superstitions and magic; some of these stories even made it into our grade school history curriculum. But what were those years really like? Known, somewhat inaccurately, as the “Middle Ages,” this period was not merely a transition from Roman antiquity to the Renaissance, but a vibrant time full of people just as curious, innovative, malicious, joyful, confused, ambitious, complex - in other words, just as human - as in any other period of history.

The 10 enlightening (and often humorous) lectures of Medieval Myths and Mysteries will show you how far from the “dark” times of legend these centuries were. Uncover the facts about the Knights Templar. Reveal the truth behind the tales of legendary creatures like the Questing Beast and the unicorn. Trace the events of the Black Death and the ways it altered the world in its wake, and much more. 

With Professor Armstrong, you will dig deep into the ways that later generations reshaped the narrative of the medieval years and perpetuated the myths of a simpler and less civilized age, which was, in fact, much richer and more complex than many of us have been led to believe.

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  • tc
  • 2019-11-22

Awesome !

You can't go wrong with anything written by Dorsey Armstrong. Fabulous fabulous ! Dorsey is incredibly knowledgeable and takes the reader through the medieval world as if she were a tour guide to the past.

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  • Joanne
  • 2019-10-18

Love her lectures

I've listened to Professor Armstrong's lectures before and have always thoroughly enjoyed them. I've actually listened multiple times to her King Arthur and Black plague ones. This was a lot of fun, great researched material, & I adore the presenter.

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  • Shawna Mahan
  • 2020-01-21

Unprofessional audiobook format

I couldn't forward, there weren't chapters. Once the book stopped playing due to sleep timer, it reverted to lecture one which I would have to listen to to get to next lecture. I don't have any interest in the knights templar.

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  • Dan
  • 2019-09-19

Well read and researched

The author did a good job with reseaching and reading her work. Well done on this book.

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  • B. Coleman
  • 2020-01-19

Perfectly acceptable.

Armstrong seems quite pleased with herself - more power to her - but her energy isn’t as infectious as she assumes, and she spends a good amount of time correcting errors I’ve yet to hear even a single person make. Still, I’d listen to other courses from her; this one felt a bit rushed and little shallow, but held promise enough to pique my interest. Here’s hoping the next feels more substantial.

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  • Brett N. Lashuay
  • 2019-11-25

A Good Starting Point

I have listened to most of Prof. Armstrong's other lectures, and this is a good primer for those. There's not a lot of new information if you've listened to all the other Great Courses Lecture's she's done, but if you can get a feel for the time period without having to dedicate yourself to 12-20 hours of listening. It's a good place to start, and even if you have listened to the other courses, there are enough new things that it shouldn't bore you.
Over all a good place to start if you're interesting in the Medieval period.

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  • susan miller
  • 2019-11-10

Can't get enough of this!

My library has MANY books about Medieval times. This is by far the best . Dorsey Armstrong has hit this one out of the park. I felt totally immersed in the Dark Ages while listening . Her presentation and content was alive and refreshingly entertaining, yet educational and thought provoking. I'm looking forward to listening to this many times over.

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  • Gary Darby
  • 2019-11-07

Fascinating!

Wonderful read! Ms. Armstrong is witty, insightful and just plain interesting to listen to. I highly recommend this to anyone who has an interest in this particular topic.

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  • D. Zsuzsa
  • 2020-04-06

Interesting

I loved the lectures!!!
I am studying history and this gave a whole new perspective to the middle ages. Also each story is told in a very special and interesting way and I learned a lot of things by listening to this course.

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  • Dancing
  • 2020-03-22

A different reader might be nice.

The information in the course was interesting. The reader, though knowledgeable and passionate about her subject, left a little to be desired. I'm used to stories read by professional readers, perhaps this has made me picky :)

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  • RickO
  • 2020-03-10

Fascinating

It’s a rather surface level discussion, but still enlightening and makes me interested in more courses like it.