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A. Spanjer




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PostPosted: Fri 29 Jan, 2010 8:07 pm    Post subject: Learning about Medieval Times         Reply with quote

After reading some of the threads on here, I realized that my knowledge on the medieval period is severely lacking. I love history, I read anything I can about it, but most of my reading has focused on the last 300-400 years.

I'm not completely uneducated in medieval history, I have quite a few "pockets" of information (mostly focused on weaponry,) but I don't really have a good picture of what the medieval period was like.

The reason for this post is this. What would you guys (and girls) recommend to get a better idea of what medieval times were like? I'm looking for books, websites, documentaries, almost anything.

For clarification, by medieval period I mean from the fall of the Roman Empire to the mid-1400s or so.


Thanks!

Na sir 's na seachain an cath.
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Paul Hansen




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PostPosted: Sat 30 Jan, 2010 12:04 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Maybe it's an obvious answer, but I would recommend taking a look at the various Osprey publications. They are not really scholarly works, but do usually give a reasonably good overview.
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R D Moore




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PostPosted: Sat 30 Jan, 2010 4:43 pm    Post subject: Learning about medieval times         Reply with quote

You may want to go with some of these lectures. I haven't tried any of them yet, but the sample lecture they sent in the mail was very ineresting and informative. I'm going to order a couple myself.

http://www.thegreatcourses.com/ttcx/coursedesclong2.aspx?cid=8267
http://www.thegreatcourses.com/ttcx/coursedesclong2.aspx?cid=869

And we can get them at 70% off if ordered by Feb 18th.

"No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation" ...Gen. Douglas Macarthur
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Roger Hooper




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PostPosted: Sat 30 Jan, 2010 5:37 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

As an introductory book, how about this - The Middle Ages, by Morris Bishop - http://www.amazon.com/Middle-Ages-Morris-Bish...mp;sr=1-10
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