A History of the Middle Ages

  • von Crane Brinton, John Christopher, Robert Wolff
  • Sprecher: Charlton Griffin
  • 19 Std. 6 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch

Beschreibung

A History of the Middle Ages is the amazing story of European man in transition. It is a dramatic chronicle of 1,000 years of political, social, and economic transformation beginning with the dissolution of the classical Mediterranean civilization and ending with the first flowering of the Renaissance. It is also the story of two new religions, Christianity and Islam, both of which were destined to dominate the mind of every person in those new civilizations arising in their wake. This was the great Age of Faith, a time of darkness and a time of enlightenment...a time of lords and vassals, popes and kings, and commerce and cathedrals.This great history starts with a survey of Christianity, then continues with an exploration of the "dark ages" following the fall of Rome, before proceeding with an explanation of how Europe coped with, and absorbed, the barbarians who overran the Empire. It goes on to trace the development of feudalism and Islam, and describes the harrowing survival of Byzantium throughout the brutal chaos that swirled about the Eastern Roman Empire during the 9th and 10th centuries. Discover how national monarchies and the modern nation state came into being, how the West responded to the Islamic invasions, and how Christianity penetrated into the farthest reaches of Northern Europe. Understand the dramatic repercussions of the Great Schism in Christianity and how economic change in the West almost destroyed the church. Finally, discover the events which gave rise to the magnificent flowering of the Gothic Age and the explosion of knowledge which subsequently paved the way for the Renaissance. The Middle Ages were the precursor to everything which we in the west consider "modern." This beautifully written history tells you why.

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Hilfreichste

Unterhaltsam und informativ

Ein sehr guter, kurzweiliger und unterhaltsamer Überblick über das Mittelalter. Eine sehr gute Balance zwischen Überblick und Details. Gut strukturiert und verständlich, angenehmer Sprecher, nette Effekte (musikalische Untermalung zum Anfang und Ende des Kapitels, Zitate mit Echo-Effekt). Sehr empfehlenswert.
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- Fotofreak

heavily biased, apologetic, irrational, nausiating

I was hoping for a well founded, unpreoccupied and comprehensive approach upon the vast an fascinating epoch of history called the middle ages. The authors manage to tell an entertaining and informative story. BUT I wish they stopped right there. Because I found the selfrightous attitude and unflexible self-centered judgemental hipocracy the text conveys almost unbearable. The book is heavily biased towards pro-christian, anglo-saxon conservative values and it gets very clear indeed just what exactly the authors own convictions about christianity, politics, scociety etc are. The legthy apologetic ramblings about christianity and why it is the superior religion are absolutely preposterous and could well have been written in the 1890s.
Admitted: the narrator has his part in that, too. He reads the text like a play, with a heavy-handed manner that might even work if only this was a work of satire. But it is not and the venomous tone in wich this production denounces rationalism, scientific scepticism and liberal intelecualism in general is just unworthy for a book about history witch predends to be a mature work of academic rank.
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- Daniel

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  • Erscheinungsdatum: 01.04.2004
  • Verlag: Audio Connoisseur