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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

Perfect for the blue stocking mother

This course has enriched our homeschooling this year, as I teach medieval and Renaissance history to elementary students. The lectures are filling in grad school gaps and providing both depth and breadth to a fascinating subject. Doses of clever wit are appreciated.

LOVE Professor Freedman!

I’ve listened to The Early Middle Ages podcast for two full days in a row, all while painting my porch in a heatwave. Professor Freedman’s way of recounting history has me enthralled. I love how he focuses on the thoughts of the time, and how they develop and change, especially in the realm of religion. I’m learning so many interesting things. He has a natural style and often finds pithy connections between how people behaved then and now. This is so important in teaching young people, and he does it with humor and accuracy. The chance to hear Yale lectures is just amazing!! Makes me want to return to school to go further than my BA in Art History. I love learning about the Middle Ages, and the art of the time is so meaningful. Thanks to Yale for letting the public hear these lectures. Grateful.

Informative and Entertaining

I love listening to History lectures and this one became a quick favorite of mine. The professor has a wonderful speaking voice, clearly has a solid grasp on his subject matter, and sprinkles little injokes in (the Shire comaparison had me laughing) thus making it a great lecture. If I didn't live in the Mid-West and could afford Yale I would definitely sit in on this class and hope it still continues to this day.