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The Terror of History: Mystics, Heretics, and Witches in the Western Tradition

Narrateur(s): Teofilo F. Ruiz
Durée: 12 h et 24 min
Catégories: Histoire, Europe
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Western civilization is closely associated with reason and science, and with exceptional accomplishments in art, architecture, music, and literature.Yet it has also been characterized by widespread belief in the supernatural and the irrational - with mystics who have visions of the divine and entire movements of people who wait in fervent anticipation of the apocalypse.

Moreover, Western culture has also been the setting for repeated acts of barbaric reaction to those beliefs, including persecutions of certain groups, such as Jews, or of people accused as heretics and witches.

This series of 24 intriguing lectures explores the concept of what has been called the "terror of history," a deeply held ancient belief that human beings live constantly on the edge of doom- a doom against which we must protect ourselves, sometimes by scapegoating an "other" whom we blame for this catastrophic plight.

The lectures explore this belief through a study of mysticism, heresy, apocalyptic movements, and the witch-hunting craze that bloomed in Europe from 1000 to 1700. You'll examine sources you may be unfamiliar with, learn to think in new ways, and gain a fresh perspective on how social, economic, political, and religious climates - especially during times of change and stress - exert tremendous influence on the prevalence of irrational attitudes and persecutions.

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A fun ride through the year 1000 to 1700s

Note that this course is a very broad overview on the subject matter and it has to be given the long stretch of time chosen. But the author still takes time to deep delve if a few captivating stories like the witches of Loudon.

The speaker was fantastic, I would listen to any of his audiobooks.

Very entertaining course

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Fantastic series of lectures

My favourite TGC so far! Fascinating from beginning to end. Well researched and presented and worthy of a second listening.

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  • Christina
  • 2013-10-07

For those who wonder why

I picked up this lecture because of curiosity over witch burnings and religious inquisitions. How did people enact such cruel tortures upon others and what does that say about the human species?

Professor Teo does an amazing job recreating an image of life in the Middle Ages to explain the context of the events in history. I was fascinated by the rich detail of the time period and of his description of people's lives, culture, fears and beliefs.

In addition, Professor Teo is such an interesting, expressive speaker, that it was easy to get immersed in his lectures. I encourage history fans and anyone who has a curiosity about the time period to take a listen.

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  • Allyson B. Wilson
  • 2014-07-31

What's in a name

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"The Terror of History" a haunting title that makes more sense after finishing the lectures. The lectures are interesting and have a personal feel, I did not find Ruiz's accent a distraction, as some comments warned. One of the most memorable TGC lectures.

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  • Earth Lover
  • 2018-07-15

Lightweight Intro to a Complicated Topic

Professor Ruiz spends way too much time telling us that things are important, or difficult, or how much we really need to know them - then scants the actual content.

Case in point - the lecture on Jewish Mysticism. He actually tells us twice that he knows this is boring material. Thanks, Prof! Jewish Mysticism is not boring - what's boring is a lecturer who takes 8-10 minutes to get to the content of a 30-minute session.

For a Great Courses release, this is distinctly lightweight.

Much better audiobook about this material - Michael Bailey's Magic and Superstition in Europe.

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  • Pamela
  • 2013-07-13

Great Courses Are wonderful

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is not the first course that I have taken from Great Courses. The company provides almost effortless learning in many fields.
This course is one that I will recommend because the content points to history's treatment of people who dare to think differently than society's norm.

What did you like best about this story?

The professor likes his materials and this came through his treatment of bias through history.

What does Professor Teofilo F. Ruiz bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A wonderful voice and teaching style.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No.This is not your usual audiobook.

Any additional comments?

This course is buffet of viewpoints.Easy to follow without any prior knowledge of the subject, the course gives you a chance to sit in on meaty classes to which you might not otherwise get exposed.

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  • Lillian
  • 2017-06-01

Based on primary source material

This is so informative and based on historical material rather than fluff and conjecture. Also very entertaining in pace and presence

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  • Elizabeth
  • 2013-08-17

Good but not what I expected

This was the first of the Great Courses that I've listened too and I've started a second so overall I like the addition of the series to Audible. Having said that, this was a little disappointing. The professor obviously knows his stuff and was able relate the concepts to current life as much as possible. What was disappointing was all the context he provided. I absolutely agree that you need to understand the political, economic and cultural surroundings to properly place mystics, heretics and witches. Unfortunately, I often felt he spent more time on the context then the actual subject. I learned a great deal about the power of the religion-government partnership, about how the middle class developed and even the violence of the times. While interesting it wasn't what I expected.

My three-star rating is not about the quality of the lectures themselves but more about how the content did not fit the title as I expected. Perhaps that was my misunderstanding and others will feel the title matches perfectly.

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  • Olli Nordling
  • 2019-10-11

The best Great Courses course thus far

A very interesting and well presented look into the terror of history and the ways in which people try to cope in an uncertain and unexplainable universe. Some people have criticized the presentation (the lecturer is not a native English speaker) but it really was easy to understand everything. Also the whole course was presented passionately and in an very captivating way. As a historian myself, I wholeheartedly recommend this course. Great stuff.

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  • Katherine
  • 2016-10-04

Loved the topic

Very interesting ideas presented. I wish it was longer. I want to hear more about the feudal system in the Middle Ages. I'll have to look into that topic in the future. The guy's voice is kind of grating at times.

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  • Joshua
  • 2013-11-05

Listener Beware

These lectures are excellent source of knowledge about the nature religion and how religion can become hysteria. However, while Professor Ruiz is wonderfully knowledgeable he can at times be difficult to understand because of his accent. It took me a little bit time to get used to his pronunciation and speech pattern. But once I was accustom it was smooth sailing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-11-14

Mesmerizing

I have listened to a number of Great Courses and this one may be my favorite. Professor Ruiz is like your favorite professor at uni who lectures on fascinating subjects and also connects them to phenomena we see every day in our lives. He is also occasionally quite funny, with a dry sense of humor. I am a grad student in history myself (not of the medieval and early modern periods) and I really appreciated his recommendations of important books in the field as well as his discussions of the primary sources about witch trials, mystics, heresies, and the like. I recommend this course to anyone interested in learning more about the roots of Christian religion and older folklore, the mystical side of the Renaissance, the history of the church, the lives and beliefs of ordinary people, the rise of terrible persecutions and scapegoating of certain groups within societies, and of course, how to become a witch in early modern Europe according to the bizarre but incredibly influential writings of those who persecuted people as witches. It is just great and covers an incredible amount of material in a relatively short course.