The Age of Henry VIII


The Teaching Company - In this series of 24 revealing lectures, in a recent biographer's words, an honored teacher offers an intimate portrait of the monarch who, "changed the heart, mind, and face of Britain more than anything between the coming of the Normans and the coming of the factory" - a despot who became an accidental great-grandfather of English-speaking democracy.

Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. You'll learn how henry gave protestantism its powerful purchase in the English-speaking world and how, given Britain's later significance in world history - made possible in part by Henry himself - he must be accounted a towering figure of history.

At the same time, you'll grasp how his reign contributed an important legacy to British history and the modern world. What is greatness? how should we judge character? who or what can be said to "make" or cause history? England's most famous king ruled an island only about the size of Pennsylvania, inhabited by fewer than three million people nearly 500 years ago - yet he remains instantly recognizable to this day, his barrel-chested and bejeweled figure immortalized by the brush of Hans Holbein the Younger.

The Age of Henry VIII - The henry viii who emerges from these lectures is a man of both great charm and terrifying, self-pitying ferocity. The revolutionary effect of the Act of Appeals was to make law itself, or the king-in-Parliament, the supreme authority. Henry viii, who ruled England for almost four decades, provokes questions.

. He harbored ruthless ambitions and spun grand schemes, yet in the end was shadowed by the historical irony of expectations gone awry.

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Emperors of Rome


The Teaching Company - For more than five centuries, these emperors-a checkered mix of the wise, the brutal, and the unhinged-presided over a multi-ethnic empire that was nearly always at war. Professor fagan takes you deep into ancient rome, cruel, asking: how did this system of rule come about? What did it replace? And who were the colorful, and crafty men who filled the almost omnipotent post of emperor? One of the most intriguing questions about the emperorship is why it endured for so long.

Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. As you witness the reigns of the successive rulers unfold, you will see how the office evolved with the political forces that sustained it, becoming more and more tightly bound to the military. These thirty-six gripping lectures bring to life the many emperors of Rome from the turn of the 1st century to the transition to the Middle Ages.

Emperors of Rome - Contemporary accounts, are not necessarily to be trusted, when available, which means you play the role of detective, sifting for the truth of this spellbinding era. But when that step became the new normal, it paved the way for the next step, and so on. What sort of men were the roman emperors and were they all men? what background and training, Caligula, lands and peoples conquered? Dive into these questions and more with this introduction to the complex personalities of emperors such as Augustus, monuments built, prepared them for their awesome responsibilities? What depravities did they display? And what achievements can they claim: laws passed, Claudius, if any, and Nero.

As you explore these questions, you'll also study the amalgam of eyewitness reports, archaeological remains, later compilations, and inscriptions on monuments and coins. Each step toward despotism was taken with a view toward expedience.

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The Medieval World


The Great Courses - Far from being a time of darkness, the Middle Ages was an essential period in the grand narrative of Western history. These 36 lectures provide a different perspective on the society and culture of the Middle Ages - one that entrenches you in the daily human experience of living during this underappreciated era.

You'll meet the likes of william caxton, england's first printer who not only printed and distributed a variety of works but also often had to translate them himself; learn about Hugh of Payns and the role of his Knights Templar - organized for the protection of pilgrims traveling to Jerusalem - in the creation of the first modern bank; see how communities dealt with marriage in a time when the church had not yet drawn this institution into its orbit; and much more.

The Medieval World - Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. But what was it like to actually live in those extraordinary times? Now you can find out. Filled with amazing insights, this series brings you closer than ever before to life as it was lived and felt. Rich with information and period detail including revealing examples of medieval literature from the English, French, Norse, Icelandic, and Italian worlds, these lectures will dramatically increase your understanding of how lives in the Middle Ages were really lived.

Drawing on history, these lectures will deepen the way you understand not only the Middle Ages but everything that came afterward: From the Renaissance, literature, and science, the arts, technology, to the Enlightenment, to your own world.

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Late Middle Ages


The Great Courses - If you have any concerns with your product, or want to request a replacement, please contact The Great Courses through our Amazon storefront for more information. 1300 to c. Humanism's precepts, humans have an enormous capacity for goodness, for creativity, which hearkened back to the moral inspiration inherent in classical artistic values, even for the achievement of happiness.

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1500 - might seem like a distant era, but students of history are still trying to reach a consensus about how it should be interpreted. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. Was it an era of calamity or rebirth? was it still clearly medieval or the period in which humanity took its first decisive steps into modernity? These 24 provocative lectures introduce you to the age's major events, and arms you with the essentials you need to form your own ideas about this age of extremes - an age that, according to Professor Daileader, personalities, and developments, "experiences disasters and tragedies of such magnitude that those who survive them cannot remember the like, and doubt that subsequent generations will be capable of believing their descriptions.

Late Middle Ages - The late middle Ages - the two centuries from c. But these were hardly the only forces that tug modern-day historians in multiple directions. The middle ages was also a period when the persisting legacy of knights, serfs, and castles coexisted with the cannons and muskets newly made possible by gunpowder.

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The Development of European Civilization


- Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. And you'll witness the evolution of the European class system, which influenced the social forces that swirled around it just as much as it was influenced by them. These 48 lectures lead you through the doors of that laboratory and guide you through the development of Europe from the late Middle Ages through the eve of World War II.

Rather than offering a laundry list of dates, events, and famous individuals, Professor Bartlett leaves you instead with an understanding of historical and social causality. More important: he offers you the chance to experience Europe's development from a European perspective. In almost every way that matters, historical Europe was the laboratory in which the world you now live in was conceived and tested.

You'll also make sense of the european ideologies of government, an independent judiciary, " taxation, the concept of "the consent of the governed, including the rule of law, and other concepts. You'll explore the new roles for religion in European life, from the end of the traditional union of altar and throne to great upheavals such as the Protestant Reformation and the Great Schism.

The Development of European Civilization - You'll investigate the forces that intermingled to create the Industrial Revolution and the accompanying economic and social upheavals that would, in turn, create so many more. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. As you follow professor bartlett through the dramatic story of European history, including absolutism, rationalism, liberalism, capitalism, you'll learn about the major ideologies and "isms" that bubbled forth from Europe's constantly fermenting cauldron of debate and conflict, nationalism, scientism, and totalitarianism.

And you'll be living with the consequences for the rest of your life.

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The Era of the Crusades


The Teaching Company - From this perspective, cultural, you'll study the complex but absorbing causes of the Crusades, which include the many political, and economic changes in Western Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. You'll examine the crusades in terms of the specific military campaigns-the eight "canonical" Crusades that took place from 1095-1291-proclaimed to retake Jerusalem and the Holy Land from Muslim hands and return them to Christendom.

You'll also explore a wide variety of misperceptions and long-debated questions about the crusades: did the popes preach the Crusades as a way to increase their personal power and authority? Why did the members of the Fourth Crusade decide to sack Constantinople, turning the Crusades from Christian against "infidel" to Christian against Christian? Taken together, these historically rich lectures are an opportunity to appreciate fully how Western Civilization changed in many profound ways during the Crusading era.

The Era of the Crusades - Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. What were the forces that led to one of history's most protracted and legendary periods of conflict? how did they affect the three great civilizations that participated in them? And, why did they end and what did they accomplish? In these 36 lectures, ultimately, you'll look at the "big picture" of the Crusades as an ongoing period of conflict involving Western Christendom we would now call it Western Europe, the Byzantine Empire, and the Muslim world.

Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. You'll consider the immediate circumstances-the leaders, key battles, purposes, and degrees of success or failure-surrounding these often-monumental expeditions.

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The Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest


The Great Courses - These lectures consistently deliver a fresh level of understanding about medieval England, its rulers and subjects, and their significance for the world we live in today. These 36 lectures tell the remarkable story of a tumultuous thousand-year period in the history of England. And because so much of history is driven by specific individuals and not just historical circumstance, including Alfred the Great, Eleanor of Aquitaine, William the Conqueror, each lecture is rich in intimate portraits that reveal those individuals at the key moments of their historical destiny, and John Wycliffe.

The result is a lecture series that winds up being not only informative but deeply entertaining, a riveting description of the Battle of Bosworth Field, including a probing look at the scope of the Black Death, a realistic examination of the legends of both King Arthur and Robin Hood, with each lecture drawing you in with its own particular fascinations, and a discussion of the surprisingly nuanced penalties of the early Germanic law codes.

The Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest - Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. As you journey through this largely chronological narrative - occasionally interrupted for lecture-long explorations of specific topics - you'll see key themes emerge, the tense relationship between kings and the nobility, including the assimilation of successive waves of invaders, and the constant battles over money and taxation.

Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. The chain of theme and event that links our world to theirs will never be clearer, rewarding every moment you spend with this series. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses.

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Great Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt


The Teaching Company - Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. Cleopatra's valiant efforts to save Egypt, with Marc Antony, afterward, with the aid of Julius Caesar and, were doomed. Among other things, 000 years; sneferu, a structure whose origins lay in the need to protect desert graves from exposure by the wind; the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb, whose images of Narmer's traditions would endure for 3, which is the most scrutinized episode in the history of Egyptology; and Cleopatra, " the first historical document, who taught Egypt how to perfect the pyramid, you'll study: The "Narmer Palette, the enigmatic Grecian ruler who learned Egypt's language and tried to resurrect both the nation's religion and greatness.

Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. What is it about ancient egypt that still captures our imaginations? How did it grow from a few villages along the Nile into the greatest power the world had ever seen? Explore these questions and more in these 12 entertaining lectures that tell the stories of the great pharaohs and the daily realities of Egyptian life.

Great Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt - But the civilization's fascinating story would live on for thousands of years. Egypt, no longer a nation, would become a Roman province. By recounting the lives and accomplishments of the men and women who made Egypt such a captivating civilization, Professor Brier presents a history of ancient Egypt that spans more than 30 centuries and introduces you to the personalities who made Egypt the greatest nation of the ancient world.

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Italians Before Italy: Conflict and Competition in the Mediterranean


The Great Courses - Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. 3. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. 16. 23. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. 8. Christians vs. 20 Italy-a Geographical Expression. Florence and the Medici. Papal Reform. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses.

Rome-Papal Authority. Milan and the Visconti. Bankers and Dukes. Papal Ambition. 2. 4. 22. The italian Mosaic-E Pluribus Gloria. 19. The crusades and Italian Wealth. 21. Pisa. Naples and the Threat to Italian Liberty. 24.

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The History of Ancient Egypt


The Great Courses - As you wind your way through 30 impressive centuries of Egyptian history, you'll pause repeatedly to look at the details that make up the big picture. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. Ancient egyptian civilization lasted longer than any other on the planet. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses.

Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. Yet, even after archaeologists deciphered their system of hieroglyphs, Egypt remains one of the most mysterious human civilizations - so extraordinary and yet so ""other"" from what we live today. With these 48 comprehensive lectures that combine the precision and care of a scientist with a novelist's feel for plot, action, and character, Professor Brier chronologically surveys the full 3, 000 years of recorded ancient Egyptian history.

The History of Ancient Egypt - Among these are tutankhamen's preferred wine, the arthritis that crippled the boastful Ramses the Great, and the experience of a miner sent to the turquoise mines in the Sinai. Throughout this historical adventure, you'll discover how egyptology has been one ongoing detective story; witness the Egyptians rise to a greatness far surpassing any other people in the Near East; examine the fabulous Dynasty XVIII, Tutankhamen, Akhenaten, the period of Egypt's greatest wealth and most fascinating personalities; meet enigmatic kings and queens like Hatshepsut, and Ramses the Great; and study the causes of ancient Egypt's eventual decline.

Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. As professor brier believes and proves in each of these masterful lectures, to a great extent, the fun of history is in the details. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses.

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Rome and the Barbarians


The Teaching Company - But these lectures deliver far more than personal snapshots, as compelling as those may be. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. The history of the romans as they advanced the frontiers of Classical civilization is often told as a story of warfare and conquest - the mighty legions encountering the "barbarians.

But this only tells one side of the story. You'll learn about augustus, attila the hun, gaius Julius Caesar, Constantine I, Nero, Diocletian, as well as a myriad of figures whose names are less familiar to us. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses.

Rome and the Barbarians - Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses. You'll come away with a new appreciation of how our Western world came to be and detailed knowledge about the individuals from royalty to "barbarian" who played key roles in that process. Who were the celts, exchanged ideas and mores, and, and social institutions that made rome so stable, huns, allowing its power to be wielded against these different cultures for nearly three centuries? What role did those institutions themselves play in assimilating barbarian peoples? These 36 engaging lectures tell the story of the complex relationship between each of these native peoples and their Roman conquerors as they intermarried, Goths, in the ensuing provincial Roman cultures, and Persians met by the Romans as they marched north and east? What were the political, military, formed the basis of Western European civilization.

Professor harl brings to life the institutions that shaped both Rome and her relationship with, and assimilation of, the barbarians at her constantly expanding frontiers. Manufacturer's warranty only when purchased from The Great Courses.

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