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The Medieval World II: Society, Economy, and Culture by Thomas F. Madden

The Medieval World II: Society, Economy, and Culture

by Thomas F. Madden

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An award-winning, widely recognized expert on pre-modern history, Professor Thomas F. Madden concludes this two-part series on the medieval world. In this course, we will see the error of the commonly held assumption that the “Dark Ages” was a time of superstition, ignorance, and violence. Rather than a time of darkness, the Middle Ages saw extraordinary innovation, invention, and cultural vitality. It was the Middle Ages that gave us universities, vernacular literature, and the extraordinary beauty of Gothic architecture.

To study the medieval world, then, is not only to study a time that has passed away. It is to study the birth of a new culture that would mature into the modern West. Whether we know it or not, the world we live in today is itself the product of the Middle Ages—not “Dark,” but remarkably bright.

Lecture 1 The Legacy of Rome and the Coming of the Germans

Lecture 2 Christianity Triumphant

Lecture 3 Monks and Monasteries

Lecture 4 Villas, Manors, and the Feudal System

Lecture 5 The Carolingian Renaissance

Lecture 6 Daily Life and the Family

Lecture 7 Gothic Architecture

Lecture 8 The Rise of Universities

Lecture 9 The Commercial Revolution and the Rise of Towns

Lecture 10 The Rise of Parliamentary Systems

Lecture 11 Courtly Literature and the Rise of Vernacular

Lecture 12 Heresy and Inquisition

Lecture 13 The Coming of the Friars

Lecture 14 The Black Death and Its Legacy

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