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Monks & Heretics

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Explores the history of the medieval monks in Europe.
DVD
2008; 2004
Clemons (Stacks)
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Vikings and Normans [electronic resource]

The Vikings were farmers and food gatherers, fierce and violent in battle, with family and clan loyalties that lasted beyond life. This program covers the Viking sea prowess and explorations: Viking influences in England and Scotland, trade with the Far East 300 years before Marco Polo and the discovery of America 500 years before Columbus, the Viking presence as far as the Black Sea, and encounters between Slavs and Vikings. The program also covers the Normans-Vikings who had conquered northern France and adopted both Christianity and the French language-and their establishment of the Norman Kingdom of Sicily; the Norman conquest of England in 1066; and the Magna Carta and its effects. The program concludes with the final barbarian invasions of Europe by the Magyars.
Online
2006; 1989
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The Birth of the Middle Ages [electronic resource]

This program provides an introduction to medieval Europe by showing surviving traces to provide a feel of medieval style and practice and by tracing the roots of the fall of civilization and the onset of darkness. Much that is medieval survives, sometimes in unlikely places: in a feudal community in sub-Saharan Africa, where an absolute ruler holds court surrounded by ministers, courtiers, and hangers-on, with paladins in mail and mercenaries who, according to local tradition, are descendants of the crusaders; and in numerous folk festivals held in modern Italy, which reenact the futile battles against the invading nomadic hordes. The program traces the fall of Rome and the development of fortified monasteries and their gradual transformation into centers of prayer, work, and the stu [...]
Online
2006; 1989
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The City of God [electronic resource]

Augustine of Hippo is a symbol of humankind in early medieval times, seeking to understand the terror and destruction resulting from the barbarian devastations of the Roman world, seeking to find the hand of God-and finding it in the counterpart to the destroyed city of man in the city of God. The program covers the church resurgence, filling the vacuum left by the collapse of civil government and changing to meet its new obligations and fill its new role in society; the creation of the Vulgate Bible; mass conversions; the rule of Pope Gregory the Great-the last of the Roman popes and the first of the European; monastic life; Romanesque architecture; and the role of the pilgrimage in medieval society.
Online
2008; 1989
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The Feudal System [electronic resource]

This program covers the social and economic organization of Europe in the Middle Ages: life in a medieval farming hamlet; the role of the feudal lord, whose role was to defend its inhabitants in return for a share of the produce and other tribute; the role of tenant farmers, indentured servants, and serfs; the economy of the peasant community and the landed estate; construction and organization of the medieval castle; the relationship between lord and vassal; the pyramid of medieval social organization, with pope and king at the apex and impoverished peasants at the base; the concession of lands by the king and the financial and military obligations in return; the role of the church in feudal Europe, and of the clergy; and courtly love and other literary inventions.
Online
2005; 1989
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Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire [electronic resource]

Out of the ashes of the Roman Empire rose the Holy Roman Empire, born during Christmas of 800 in the Basilica of St. Peter's in Rome. This program covers the antecedents and the life of Charlemagne, shows life at the court, life of the courtiers and of the peasants, recounts the battle of Roncevaux-site of the epic Chanson de Roland-and counterpoints the glories of the Carolingian Renaissance with the everyday realities of hunger, plague, and constant violence. The program concludes with the first of Europe's major confrontations between empire and church, in this instance between Henry IV and Gregory VII.
Online
2005; 1989
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Christians, Jews, and Moslems in Medieval Spain [electronic resource]

Due partly to the weakness of its Visigothic rulers, partly to its proximity to Africa, the Iberian peninsula was conquered by Berbers and by Arabs belonging to the Ommayad Dynasty of Damascus. This program describes the history of Spain from the time of the first landing in 711, through the nearly 800-year-long war that ended in the expulsion of both Moors and Jews in 1492; the development of a culture whose people spoke various Spanish dialects while the official language was Arabic; the role of the School of Toledo in preserving, translating, and making known the ancient Greek scientific texts as well as Arabic treatises on philosophy and science; the rabbinic center in Toledo; and the history of the Jews in Spain.
Online
2005; 1979
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Byzantium [electronic resource]: From Splendor to Ruin

This program covers the founding of Constantinople as a second Rome, its flowering when the Roman Empire in the West was shattered, its gradual decline under the impact of Normans, Turks, Venetians, and the Crusades, and finally, its fall in 1453. The program describes the history, art, and religious significance of Byzantium, its attempts to restore the Roman Empire, its influence in the West, and its heritage.
Online
2006; 1989
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Byzantium: From Splendor to Ruin

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Describes the history, art, and religious significance of Byzantium, its attempts to restore the Roman Empire, its influence in the West, and its heritage.
VHS
1989
Ivy (By Request)
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Vikings and Normans

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This program covers the Viking sea powess, Viking influences in England and Scotland and the Viking explorations, trade with the Far East 300 years before Marco Polo and the discovery of America 500 years before Columbus. The Viking presence as far as the Black Sea, encounters between Slavs and Vikings.; In its coverage of the Normans - Vikings who had conquered Northern France and adopted bothe Christianity and the French language. The program covers the establishement of the Norman KIngdom of Sicily, the Norman conquest of England in 1066, and the Magna Carta and its effects, and it concludes with the final barbarian invasion of Europe by the Magyars.
VHS
1989
Ivy (By Request)
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Christians, Jews, and Moslems in Medieval Spain

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Describes the history of Spain from 711 to 1492, a period of Arab domination and intellectual ferment.
VHS
1989
Ivy (By Request)
12.

The Birth of the Middle Ages

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An introduction to medieval Europe, showing surviving traces to provide a feel of medieval style and practice, and tracing the roots of the fall of civilization and the onset of darkness.
VHS
1989
Ivy (By Request)
13.

The City of God

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Covers the church's resurgence during the Middle Ages, including Augustine of Hippo's writings, the Vulgate Bible, the rule of Pope Gregory the Great, monastic life, and the role of the pilgrimage.
VHS
1989
Ivy (By Request)
14.

Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire

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VHS
1989
Ivy (By Request)
15.

The Feudal System

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This program covers the social and economic organization of Europe in the Middle Ages: life in a farming hamlet; roles of the feudal lord, tenant farmers, and serfs; construction of the medieval castle; the medieval social organization; the role of the Church and clergy; courtley love and other literary inventions.
VHS
1989
Ivy (By Request)