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Medieval Myths & Mysteries

Written by: Dorsey Armstrong,The Great Courses
Narrated by: Dorsey Armstrong
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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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  • 2021-08-02

Amazing

Great lecture series that covers multiple topics like King Arthur, Dragons, Black Death, etc. I love all of Dorsey Armstrong work and highly recommend them.

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History is not boring!

Really enjoyed this, learned several things I didn't know. I will look for other lecture series by the same, thank you.

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started out great

I enjoyed the beginning. got me excited to learn more but ended up with games of thrones talk. I've never seen it and her references just didn't make sense. if you've seen the show the last hour might be more enjoyable.

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Fantastic lectures

Amazing flow and easy to listen to… I had Re- listened to all of them. Bravo!

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Concise and informative

The author’s passion for the subject matter is evident throughout. The information does not drag on but it is pithy and fascinating.
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A thoroughly enjoyable education

This was my first book in this series and it surely will not be my last. I will search for more lectures by Dorsey Armstrong as her enthusiasm and expertise are palpable. However, being French (fière d'être Franco-Ontarienne), I found her pronunciations and misinterpretations of certain French words slightly painful. Nevertheless, I truly enjoyed learning from her and can see that she is a gifted orator and teacher. I look forward to enjoying many more titles in this series.

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Left me wanting more

It left me wanting more and given the purpose was introduction that is exactly what it was meant to do. Some and only some that I noticed, known theories were presented without the issues other have with them but this may have been do to time constraints a lot of ground is covered here and that leads back to my initial assessment.

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a truly enjoyable experience

Besides a being well written, presented, and engaging from start to finish, the narration is perfect and really enjoyable. I loved ever moment of this title.

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  • 2021-10-24

nice little course

as can be expected from Armstrong, the course is informative and never boring! last lecture even brings in games of thrones storyline and ideas

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interesting listen

interesting listen with a good mix of fact and storytelling delivered in a passionate manner

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