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At the dawn of the last millennium in the year 1000, Europe was one of the world's more stagnant regions - an economically undeveloped, intellectually derivative, and geopolitically passive backwater, with illiteracy, starvation, and disease the norm for almost everyone.

Yet only three centuries later, all of this had changed. A newly invigorated cluster of European societies had revived city life, spawned new spiritual and intellectual movements and educational institutions, and had begun, for reasons both sacred and profane, to expand at the expense of neighbors who traditionally had expanded at Europe's expense. This series of 24 lectures, filled with memorable detail, examines how and why Europeans achieved this stunning turnaround. By its conclusion, you will be able to describe and analyze the social, intellectual, religious, and political transformations that set into motion this midsummer epoch of the medieval world - an epoch you will come to know very well through Professor Daileader's vivid descriptions and examinations of its people, including

  • the warrior aristocracy of knights, castellans, counts, and dukes;
  • free and unfree peasants; and townspeople, both artisans and merchants;
  • its vibrant stirrings of religion and intellect, including monastic life and charismatic figures like Francis of Assisi and Thomas Aquinas;
  • the lives of those outside the religious mainstream, especially heretics and Jews;
  • and its major political developments and events, including the First Crusade, the Norman Conquest of England, and the granting of the Magna Carta.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2001 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2001 The Great Courses

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  • Mary Elizabeth Reynolds
  • 02/03/2014

Wonderful teacher

I adore the medieval in any form, but this professor makes a period that is so obscure come alive. He doesn't romanticize the period nor does he belittle it. He inserts humor and quotes that still stick with me.

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  • Hellocat
  • 05/09/2014

Good, but not his best

Of Professor Daileader's Medieval trilogy, this is probably the weakest offering. The reason I say that is mainly because of my own preference for narrative history rather than social/economic history, of which this course embraces mostly the latter.

That being said, I still highly recommend this course for anyone interested in the period. Daileader's delivery is highly entertaining and he even injects a fair amount of humor to the lectures.

Start with the Early Middle Ages though, since I think that is perhaps the best in the trilogy.

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  • Andy
  • 20/09/2015

Great overview of an overlooked period

What's particularly great about this course is how the professor contextualizes this portion of history, which often gets overlooked by historians and students in favor of the more active Renaissance years in Europe. Despite this, the professor constantly reminds the listener what the lasting impacts of certain events are, which is especially helpful for listeners who go on to other lectures about Early Modern European history and such.

The professor clearly takes this era seriously and delivers a nuanced description of the era. You can tell this is important work for him.

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  • Cassandra
  • 24/02/2015

Pleasantly surprised

Where does The High Middle Ages rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the category of History, this is one of my favorites. I only purchased this to give me some background to help me appreciate current history. I expected a dry, boring lecture, but was surprised to find that it held my interest throughout. I've also listened to The Early Middle Ages, which I found just okay. This one is the more interesting.

What did you like best about this story?

I most appreciated that this was not so much a history of battles and personalities, but more an anthropological survey of how our social, political and religious institutions evolved to what they are today. The information is valuable for understanding class structures, prejudices, and what we hold valuable.

What about Professor Philip Daileader’s performance did you like?

I first thought he did a decent job, considering it was a lecture. I've since listened to other Great Courses lectures and would rate him very highly, both in delivery and content. Looking forward to listening to his other courses.

Any additional comments?

I'm really looking forward to listening to other Great Courses lectures. My local library has a few on DVD. While the DVD format is nice because it provides maps and such, they are frequently damaged. For ease of listening, I prefer the audiobook downloads.

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  • Doris
  • 05/07/2018

Interesting, although ..,

It would be impossible for anyone to cover the High Middle Ages in twelve hours, so there was more about some subjects, less about others, than I would have liked. I like the approach by subject, rather than timeline, as it maintained a focus within each lecture. For me, what I somewhat disliked was the narration. The professor is an animated speaker, which was excellent. But he tends to rush phrases to the point of speaking so fast that he drops whole syllables, while drawing out other phrases unnecessarily. So the pace was uneven. Occasionally he drops his voice so low at the end of sentences that I couldn’t make out the last several words. And he frequently sighs heavily in mid-sentence. I doubt I would notice any of this if I were sitting in a classroom, but with no visibility of body language, and with a mic amplifying everything, these became distractors for me. I don’t regret buying the course, though.

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  • Audrey A.
  • 12/02/2018

DAILEADER IS THE BEST 🏆🏆🏆🏆

I found Professor Daileader while watching History Channel's - the Dark Ages - video series. He is an excellent lecturer. I love his Early, High and Late Middle Ages Series.

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  • Kristoffer
  • 10/02/2017

My favorite course bar none

I've listened to dozens of Great Courses lecture series and this one is the one I like the most of them all. Daileader is funny, varied, clear, memorable and detailed.

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  • Alexander Ulanov
  • 22/12/2015

Informative and entertaining

Any additional comments?

I was looking for the lectures that cover the high and late middle ages after finishing the course from Yell by Dr. Freedman which I enjoyed very much. Apparently, these lectures are as good. They are well-structured, informative, entertaining with a bit of humor and detailed. I wish I had the same experience in school.

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  • Ann
  • 22/05/2015

Great content

His lecture content and subject matter were excellent. His diction could be improved a bit. He slurred a bit much. A problem when you're listening in the car.

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  • SAMA
  • 25/04/2014

Chivalry, Crusades and Cardinals, oh my!

The professor does a great job in bringing this era to life, exploring society high and low during this era, as well as developments in religious thought, education, and political thought.

Very deep, prepare to be blown away.

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  • Christian Esch
  • 27/04/2017

Excellent overwiew, a bit anglo-centric

This is, as the name of the series implies, not a reading of a book, but part of a series of lectures on the Middle Ages. Prof. Daileader presents the history of the High Middle Ages from 1000 to 1300 in the best Oxbridge tradition, under a clear and well-thought program, with some tongue in cheek. I especially like hs concise overview about new developments in historical science.

This lecture's aim is to present an overview of the main historical developments, not to discuss every aspect in as much Detail as possible. Though it is an introduction lecture, I believe that some background about the epoche is necessary to thouroughly enjoy the lecture.

In contrast to the Early Middle Ages, which I found superb, I felt that this time, there was a little bit too much of a focus on the northwestern part of Europe. I missed some words about Spain, Eastern and Northern Europe as well as the Balkans and the relationshi with the Islamic world (expect for the Crusades). However, I can't really say which parts shuld have been taken out to leave room for these topics.

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