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Famous Men of the Middle Ages

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(4,375 Sterne; 124 Bewertungen)

“THE study of history, like the study of a landscape, should begin with the most conspicuous features. Not until these have been fixed in memory will the lesser features fall into their appropriate places and assume their right proportions.

The famous men of ancient and modern times are the mountain peaks of history. It is logical then that the study of history should begin with the biographies of these men.

Not only is it logical; it is also pedagogical. Experience has proven that in order to attract and hold the child’s attention each conspicuous feature of history presented to him should have an individual for its center. The child identifies himself with the personage presented. It is not Romulus or Hercules or Alexander that the child has in mind when be reads, but himself, acting under similar conditions.”
(Excerpt from the Preface) (4 hr 40 min)

Chapters

Preface

4:04

Read by David Kleparek

The Gods of the Teutons

11:22

Read by Leon Mire

The Nibelungs

13:06

Read by Leon Mire

Alaric the Visigoth

8:54

Read by Andy

Attila the Hun

9:56

Read by David Kleparek

Genseric the Vandal

10:53

Read by David Kleparek

Theodoric the Ostrogoth

7:20

Read by ontheroad

Clovis

10:34

Read by Andy

Justinian

10:01

Read by David Kleparek

Mohammed

12:32

Read by David Kleparek

Charles Martel and Pepin

10:27

Read by Andy

Charlemagne

9:13

Read by Laura Caldwell

Haren-al-Raschid

6:20

Read by Alec Daitsman

Egbert the Saxon

5:58

Read by Alec Daitsman

Rollo the Viking

10:19

Read by Andy

Alfred the Great

6:52

Read by Alec Daitsman

Henry the Fowler

5:50

Read by Alec Daitsman

Canute the Great

4:12

Read by Alec Daitsman

The Cid

8:05

Read by Alec Daitsman

Edward the Confessor

4:34

Read by Kristine Bekere

William the Conqueror

6:55

Read by Roger Melin

Peter the Hermit

7:05

Read by Kristine Bekere

Frederick Barbarossa

5:52

Read by Kristine Bekere

Henry the Second and His Sons

12:51

Read by Kristine Bekere

Louis IX

7:12

Read by David Kleparek

Robert Bruce

7:54

Read by Andy

Marco Polo

7:45

Read by Kristine Bekere

Edward the Black Prince

9:02

Read by Kristine Bekere

William Tell and Arnold von Winkelreid

6:54

Read by Kalynda

Tamerlane

5:05

Read by ontheroad

Henry V

7:50

Read by John Lieder

Joan of Arc

8:16

Read by David Kleparek

Gutenberg

6:48

Read by Esther

Warwick the King-Maker

10:02

Read by Alec Daitsman

Bewertungen

Not a lot of detail, but an interesting sampler.

(4 Sterne)

You know how you can get those boxes of sampler chocolates, where you get to try things, so that you go "You know, I think I liked the hazelnut swirl, but didn't like the Turkish delight. I must get a box of those hazelnut swirls."? This book is a little like that, for medieval biograhpies. It's not, of itself, a deep biography of anyone, but there are some characters here that I now know I want to follow up elsewhere. Also, this is part of a series (Greece, Rome, "Modern") and I'll be following up those. So, good not so much for depth, as for the variety of things it dips into.

left out some important chapters

(3 Sterne)

The text itself it great to use for grade school history. However, this audio leaves out a few chapters which discuss saints and their contributions to western civilization. Wonder if that was on purpose?

excellent short stories of interesting men

(5 Sterne)

(4 Sterne)

Dark ages yes, but boring, No. As enjoyable as the Famous Men of Modern Times collection. For the narration, some of the Scotch segments were appropriately and enjoyably read by Andy from, you guessed it, Scotland.

(0,5 Sterne)

poor sound quality. tahnks to the narator though