Civilization of the Middle Ages
But if you want to learn the basic nitty-gritty details of medieval history -- who did what when, and why it mattered -- this book is perfect. The narrator does a convincing job with the French and German words, and gives it enough life to hold your attention without trying to overly dramatize a book that isn't really dramatic. I've found it worthwhile to listen to each section over and over to absorb all the information. The main criticisms I have are that it's a bit narrow and conservative.
By conservative, I mean that the author largely dismisses or ignores popular and non-mainstream cultures, despite the large amount that is known about them from historians' research. Also, his focus on England, France, Germany, and Italy means that we learn almost nothing about Eastern Europe and very little about Spain. But this is normal for books on "European History" or "Western Civilization," so one can't complain too much. Frederick Davidson brings strength ,nuance,and subtlety to this amazing rendition of the MiddleAges As magnificently researched and rendered by the pen of Mr.
Norman Cantor. What a marvellously told story of the history of the Middle Ages focusing on Europe. I will definitely listen to this masterpiece again. The best introduction to the subject. Listen and re-listen to this masterpiece in conjunction with Inventing the Middle Ages and you will learn a lot. Norman Cantor takes a very high overview of the Middle Ages, which he defines as extending from the conversion of Constantine to the end of the 15th century — an extremely long period to cover.
I found it immensely informative, beautifully written, and equally beautifully read by Frederick Davidson, who seems to be able to read virtually anything well. The things I'd learned in bits and pieces over morel than a decade beautifully and intelligently tied together into a course I wish I had been available in my university days. Excellent narration that keeps things moving in a subtly energetic delivery. Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not? An interesting and broad book that leaves very little out. In fact the book enters into all the minute details that it possibily could, which is why it is so very long.
It is nevertheless very interesting. How could the performance have been better?
It is somewhat spoiled by the reader, who seems to want to appear learned but instead has infuriating inflexions in his speech. Do you think The Civilization of the Middle Ages needs a follow-up book? Cannot think what more could be added, but it might be an idea to get someone else to perform the reading of this book.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you? There is a good chance that this is an excellent book unfortunately the narration is so painful I will never know. Would you recommend The Civilization of the Middle Ages to your friends? No - because that would be cruel. The performance would have been better by getting anyone who didn't sound like Kenneth Williams to read it. See above. Any additional comments? I'm going to get my money back right now! What did you like most about The Civilization of the Middle Ages?
The portrayal of society and thought in the period. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? No it is far too rich to be taken in one go. The narration is very plummy but after a little while his clarity and diction adds to the majesty of the book. Thoroughly recommended to anyone interested in exploring the culture of the period and how it evolved. Your audiobook is waiting…. The Civilization of the Middle Ages. The Dictionary of Art. New York: Grove, Subject: Gothic architecture.
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Its central location between western Europe and Asia not only enriched its economy and its culture but allowed it to serve as a barrier against aggressive barbarians from both areas. Its rich historiographical tradition strongly influenced by the church preserved ancient knowledge upon which splendid art, architecture, literature and technological achievements were built. It is not an altogether unfounded assumption that the Renaissance could not have flourished were it not for the groundwork laid in Byzantium.
History of Western civilization - Wikipedia
The exploration of Byzantine civilization is undeniably significant in the study of medieval world history. To ignore it would be akin to studying the classical era without considering the cultural phenomenon of ancient Greece. Unfortunately, much but thankfully not all historical investigation into the middle ages has done just that. Historians and students often focused on the fall of the Western Roman Empire and the numerous changes in Europe without ever once glancing at Byzantium. It was often mistakenly believed that the Byzantine Empire was a static state that had little impact on the rest of the medieval world.
Fortunately, this view is changing, and a great wealth of information concerning Byzantine Studies has recently been produced -- much of it available on the net.
Byzantine Studies Index A multilevel directory of useful sites about the people, places, art, architecture, religious history, military history and general history of the Eastern Roman Empire.