This course is designed to transport you into the heart of a strange and wonderful world—the world of medieval Europe.
You’ll explore some of the most powerful theological ideas, economic tensions, and political struggles that shaped Western civilization.
Join teaching award winner and celebrated Church history author Christopher Bellitto for a truly unforgettable journey. We highly recommend this course.
This series traces western European civilization—with detours to the East—from the transformation of the Roman Empire to a thousand-year medieval period that started slowly before 1000, flowered for 300 years, and then declined sharply with the Black Death and social revolts until Constantinople fell in 1453 and Columbus sailed in 1492. Explore Charlemagne’s renaissance, agricultural and commercial revolutions, new types of religious life introduced by spiritual masters from Benedict to Francis, dynastic wars and courtly literature.
Now available as either an audio program or as a richly illustrated video program, you can enjoy this series in your home or car. See the famous art, architecture, and figures of medieval Europe while learning from a truly outstanding Church history professor.
You will treasure this course as a timeless resource for understanding the people and events that shaped our faith, art, medicine, literature and government. Encounter famous historical and literary figures such as Mohammed, Augustine, Richard the Lionhearted and King Arthur, in their own historical context. You’ll understand how the Middle Ages fit within the broader historical timeline of Europe and the rest of the world.
This course promises to delight and amaze you.
Learn about downloadable programs.
Your Free Electronic Study Guide! When you order this course, we will send you a free electronic study guide that you can access in 3 convenient ways:
1) You can check your order confirmation email. It will include a link that enables you to download your guide.
2) The back of your program package also contains a copy of this link. You can access your guide by simply entering this URL into your browser.
3) Your case of CDs or DVDs will contain a copy of your electronic guide on CD. Simply insert this disc into your computer's CD/DVD drive to access your guide.
About Your Presenter
Dr. Christopher M. Bellitto is an award-winning historian, Associate Professor of History at Kean University, and Academic Editor at Paulist Press. He received a Ph.D. in History from Fordham University. He is the author of nine books and the co-editor of five others, and his writing has been honored by the American Catholic Historical Association and the Catholic Press Association. His books include 101 Questions and Answers on Popes and the Papacy (Paulist Press, 2008), Church History 101 (Liguori Publications, 2008), Ten Ways the Church Has Changed (Pauline Books and Media, 2006), The General Councils: A History of the 21 Church Councils from Nicaea to Vatican II (Paulist Press, 2002) and Renewing Christianity: A History of Church Reform from Day One to Vatican II (Paulist Press 2001). His articles have appeared in Church History, America, Commonweal, U.S. Catholic, and many other journals. A frequent public speaker and media commentator on Church history and contemporary Catholicism, he has appeared on The History Channel, NPR, CNN, and other radio and television stations.
Praise for Christopher Bellitto
“Christopher Bellitto is one of the most compelling and accessible Church historians working today. He brings together the skills of a journalist with scholar’s expertise.”
— Dr. C. Colt Anderson, Dean, Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education, Fordham University
“One discovers in Professor Bellitto that all too rare combination of scholarly expertise and exquisite communicator. His lectures weave humor with erudition, prophetic challenge with passion for the people of God, and historical objectivity with deep care for the Church.”
— Dr. Elena Procario-Foley, Chair, Religious Studies Department, Iona College
- Where in World History are the Middle Ages?
- Rome Transformed: Byzantium, Vikings, and Islam
- Charlemagne’s Renaissance
- Feudalism, Peasant Life, and an Agricultural Revolution
- Commercial Revolution: A Gothic City Landscape
- The Papacy on the Rise
- Twelfth-Century Renaissance: An Intellectual Revolution
- Knights, Chivalry, and Castles
- Crusades: Jews, Christians, and Muslims
- Black Death
- Europe at the End of the Middle Ages