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Tag: The Early Middle Ages

History Buffs: Kingdom of Heaven

Still in grief over his wife’s sudden death, village blacksmith Balian (Orlando Bloom) joins his long-estranged father, Baron Godfrey (Liam Neeson), as a crusader on the road to Jerusalem. After a perilous journey to the holy city, the valiant young man enters the retinue of the leprous King Baldwin IV (Edward Norton), which is rife …

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Yale University: Anders Winroth | The Conversion of Scandinavia

Professor Winroth, who was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2003, specializes in the history of medieval Europe, especially religious, intellectual and legal history as well as the Viking Age. We talk with him about his new book, “The Conversion of Scandinavia: Vikings, Merchants, and Missionaries in the Remaking of Northern Europe,” which recently won the …

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Yale University: The Early Middle Ages, 284-1000 with Paul Freedman | 03/22 | Constantine and the Early Church

Professor Freedman examines how Christianity came to be the official religion of the Roman Empire. This process began seriously in 312, when the emperor Constantine converted after a divinely inspired victory at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge. Constantine’s conversion would have seemed foolish as a political strategy since Christianity represented a completely different system …

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Yale University: The Early Middle Ages, 284-1000 with Paul Freedman | 01/22 | Rome’s Greatness and First Crises

Professor Freedman introduces the major themes of the course: the crisis of the Roman Empire, the rise of Christianity, the threats from barbarian invasions, and the continuity of the Byzantine Empire. At the beginning of the period covered in this course, the Roman Empire was centered politically, logistically, and culturally on the Mediterranean Sea. Remarkable …

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