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  • The Plantagenets: The Kings Who Made England

  • Written by: Dan Jones
  • Narrated by: Dan Jones
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
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England’s greatest royal dynasty, the Plantagenets, ruled over England through eight generations of kings. Their remarkable reign saw England emerge from the Dark Ages to become a highly organised kingdom that spanned a vast expanse of Europe. Plantagenet rule saw the establishment of laws and creation of artworks, monuments and tombs which survive to this day, and continue to speak of their sophistication, brutality and secrets. Dan Jones brings you a new vision of this battle-scarred history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Medieval Transformations Explained

  • By Amazon Customer on 2019-06-14

Medieval Transformations Explained

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Reviewed: 2019-06-14

Trace the history of the development of English political institutions as illustrated by colorful characters such as Richard the Lionheart and Edward Longshanks. Narration by the author adds a great personal touch!

  • The History of Christian Theology

  • Written by: Phillip Cary, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Phillip Cary
  • Length: 18 hrs and 57 mins
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In this 36-lecture course, you'll find an engaging way to explore profound religious questions and the many responses believers, scholars, and theologians have developed over more than 2,000 years. Through this series, Professor Cary reveals the enduring power of the Christian tradition-as both an intellectual discipline and a spiritual path.These lectures begin at the very dawn of Christianity, as you examine some of the earliest examples of scripture recorded by the first communities of the faithful.

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  • So well done. Thank you!

  • By Graham Brockley on 2018-10-19

Sweeping Enquiry into Christian Thought

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Reviewed: 2019-01-26

Dr. Cary enthusiastically leads the listener to take in both the beauty and terror of the history of Christian theology. A man who cares deeply about his subject and is a joy to listen to.

  • The Age of Faith, Volume 4

  • Written by: Will Durant
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 61 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
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The fourth volume in Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, The Age of Faith surveys the medieval achievements and modern significance of Christian, Islamic, and Judaic life and culture. Like the other volumes in the Story of Civilization series, this is a self-contained work, which at the same time fits into a comprehensive history of mankind. It includes the dramatic stories of St. Augustine, Hypatia, Justinian, Mohammed, Harun al-Rashid, Charlemagne, William the Conqueror, and many more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic Voyage Through the Middle Ages

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-12-04

Epic Voyage Through the Middle Ages

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Reviewed: 2018-12-04

Wonderful prose colored by the biases of the early 20th century. Good balance of broad and personal perspectives.

  • Great Scientific Ideas That Changed the World

  • Written by: Steven L. Goldman, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steven L. Goldman
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
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What is the greatest scientific idea of all?Because science has so dramatically altered how we live and how we think about ourselves, the answer may well be the very idea of science itself, because-just like science's most important achievements-it, too, needed to be thought about, perfected, and invented.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Survey of Science at a Breakneck Pace

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-08-25

Survey of Science at a Breakneck Pace

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Reviewed: 2018-08-25

May loose people who don't have some prior knowledge of the material.

Love that he lectures without a script!

  • The Cold War

  • A World History
  • Written by: Odd Arne Westad
  • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
  • Length: 22 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
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In The Cold War, Odd Arne Westad offers a new perspective on a century when a superpower rivalry and an ideological war transformed every corner of our globe. We traditionally think of the Cold War as a post-World War II diplomatic and military conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union. But in this major new work, Westad argues that the conflict must be understood as a global ideological confrontation with roots in the industrial revolution and with continuing implications for the world today.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, boy ...

  • By Anonymous User on 2019-03-04

Erudite Tour de Force

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Reviewed: 2018-06-18

Wonderful mixture of factual information and speculation on global trends and forces peppered with insightful quotations to add colour to the mélange.

  • The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

  • Written by: Patrick N. Allitt, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Patrick N. Allitt
  • Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
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What were the forces that thrust the British Empire to its extraordinary position of greatness and then just as powerfully drove it into decline? And why is nearly every nation on earth, in one way or another, the consequence of the British Empire?In these 36 lectures, Professor Allitt leads you through four centuries of British power, innovation, influence, and, ultimately, diminishment-four profound centuries that literally remade the world and bequeathed the complex global legacy that continues to shape your everyday life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Biased account of history!

  • By FT on 2019-06-14

Dr. Allitt is an excellent lecturer!

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Reviewed: 2018-05-20

Partisans are bound to be offended by the balanced approach of this course. Informative history of our complicated past.

  • Understanding Imperial China: Dynasties, Life, and Culture

  • Written by: Andrew R. Wilson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: The Great Courses
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
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A knowledge of China's imperial history is vital for any understanding of its present, as modern China is linked in many ways to the extraordinary culture of its empire. These 24 lectures take you to the heart of life during China's imperial era, through the lives of individual subjects of all social ranks. Across the arc of the course, you'll witness what daily life was like for government bureaucrats, for scholars, for women of the court, for soldiers, merchants, craftspeople, courtesans, imperial cooks, and many others.

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  • An excellent social history

  • By Travers on 2018-04-18

Great Storyteller

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Reviewed: 2018-02-28

Wonderfully composed stories illustrating life through China's history. Great compliment to some prior knowledge of chinese history.