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Early Middle Ages

By Paul H. Freedman

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Major developments in the political, social, and religious history of western Europe from the accession of Diocletian to the feudal transformation. Topics include the conversion of Europe to Christianity, the fall of the Roman Empire, the rise of Islam and the Arabs, the "Dark Ages," Charlemagne and the Carolingian renaissance, and the Viking and Hungarian invasions.

Customer Reviews

Great course, one lecture at least is missing...

Very much appreciate the course, but seems to be a problem with Lecture No. 10, Clovis and the Franks, which seems to be a duplicate of Lecture No. 11 on Frankish society. In the video version the missing lecture seems to be there, though the numbering is very different. having the audio version is really great, but confusing to have the two versions not match up.

Can this be sorted out?

Nice course but with typical bias on Western Europe

This is a great chance to see how a Yale history course looks like. My only complaint is its typical bias on Western Europe, neglecting Eastern Europe almost entirely. Byzantines are covered in somewhat depth but with typical western scholar attitude: "they are not quite Romans". However the Avars, Slavs, Gepids, Vlachs, Bulgars are completely ignored. The Early Middle Ages didn't just "take place" in France and Germany, professor! One technical glitch: two episodes are missing (10. Clovis and the Franks and 16. Splendor of the Abbasid Period). They are replaced by duplicates of episodes 11 and 17 respectively. But there is a solution: you can listen/see them in the video version of the course, also available in iTunes. Except they are 500 MB each...


A nice light lecture series. I found it a useful supplement during a course on Medieval saints.