The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 2: The Middle Ages: From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance / Edition 2

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Told in the straightforward, engaging style that has become Susan Wise Bauer's trademark, The Story of the World covers the sweep of human history from ancient times until the present. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas-find out what has happened all around the world in the centuries before ours and in our own time. This read-aloud series is designed for parents to share with elementary-school children, or for older readers to enjoy alone. Introduce your child to the marvelous story of the world's civilizations!

About the Author:
Susan Wise Bauer teaches literature and writing at The College of William and Mary in Virginia

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Editorial Reviews

Homeschooling in Japan
“This may well be the best multi-age read aloud narrative of world history yet to have been written.”
Cafi Cohen
“This works wonderfully as a family read-aloud... There's plenty of dialogue and enough detail to keep adults interested.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933339122
  • Publisher: Peace Hill Press
  • Publication date: 8/20/2007
  • Series: Story of the World Series
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 448,668
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Weiss has been a storyteller for more than twenty-five years. He lives and works in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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Table of Contents

Foreword     xiii
The Glory That Was Rome
Wandering Through the Roman Empire     1
The Fall of Rome     5
The Early Days of Britain
The Celts of Britain     9
Barbarians Come to Britain     13
Beowulf the Hero     15
Christianity Comes to Britain
Augustine Comes to England     20
Medieval Monasteries     24
Writing Books by Hand     26
The Byzantine Empire
The Beauty of Constantinople     30
Justinian, the Just Emperor     33
The Empress Theodora     35
The Church in the East     38
The Medieval Indian Empire
A King Named Skandagupta     43
Monks in Caves     47
The Rise of Islam
Muhammad's Vision     50
Muhammad Flees to Medina     53
The Koran: Islam's Holy Book     56
Islam Becomes an Empire
The Fight for Mecca     59
The Spread of Islam     62
The City of Baghdad     64
Sinbad in the Valley of Snakes     69
The Great Dynasties of China
Yang Chien Unites North and South     73
The Tang Dynasty     76
East of China
The Yamato Dynasty of Japan     80
A Tale of ThreeCountries; Korea, China, and Japan     85
The Bottom of the World
The First People of Australia     89
The Long Journey of the Maori     92
The Kingdom of the Franks
Clovis, The Ex-Barbarian     97
Four Tribes, One Empire     101
The Islamic Invasion
Islam in Spain and Africa     104
The Great Kings of France
Charles the Hammer     108
The Greatest King: Charlemagne     110
The Arrival of the Norsemen
The Viking Invasion     115
Eric the Red and "Eric's Son"     118
The Norse Gods     122
Thor and the Giant King     123
The First Kings of England
The Vikings Invade England     129
Alfred the Great     132
The Battle of Hastings     136
England After the Conquest
The English Language     140
Serfs and Noblemen     144
Stone Castles     147
Knights and Samurai
The English Code of Chivalry     152
The Samurai: Japanese Knights     155
The Age of Crusades
A Command from the Pope     160
Recapturing Jerusalem     164
Saladin of Jerusalem     167
El Cid and the "Reconquest of Spain"     170
A New Kind of King
Richard the Lionhearted     174
John Lackland and the Magna Carta     177
Robin Hood     180
Robin Hood and the Butcher     181
The Diaspora
The Scattering of the Jews     186
A Tale of the Diaspora     189
The Clever Rabbi of Cordova     189
The Mongols Devastate the East
Genghis Khan, Emperor of All Men     193
The Mongol Conquest of China     196
Exploring the Mysterious East
Marco Polo Goes to China     200
The Forbidden City of the Ming     204
The First Russians
The Rus Come to Constantinople     208
Ivan the Great and Ivan the Terrible     211
The Ottoman Empire
The Ottoman Turks Attack     215
The Sheep-Rocks     216
The Capture of Constantinople     218
Suleiman the Lawgiver     223
The End of the World
The Plague     227
A New Way of Living     231
France and England at War
Henry V and the Battle of Agincourt     235
Joan of Arc     240
War for the English Throne
The Wars of the Roses     244
The Princes in the Tower     248
The Kingdoms of Spain and Portugal
Ferdinand and Isabella Unite Spain      253
Henry the Navigator, Prince of Portugal     257
African Kingdoms
Gold, Salt, and Ghana     261
Mansa Musa of Mali     265
The Songhay Empire     268
India Under the Moghuls
The Moghul Dynasty     272
Akbar of India     276
The Bad-Luck Servant     278
Exploring New Worlds
Christopher Columbus     281
Vespucci and Magellan     286
The American Kingdoms
The Mayans of Central America     290
The Marvelous City of Tenochtitlan     294
The Incas     297
Spain, Portugal, and the New World
The Slave Trade     301
Cortes and Montezuma     305
Martin Luther's New Ideas
Martin Luther's List     309
Henry VIII's Problem     313
The Renaissance
A New Way of Thinking     318
Gutenberg's Great Invention     322
Reformation and Counter Reformation
The Spread of the Reformation     327
The Council of Trent     330
The New Universe
The Revolution of Copernicus     334
Galileo's Strange Notions     338
England's Greatest Queen
The Queen Who Almost Wasn't     342
Good Queen Bess     346
England's Greatest Playwright
William Shakespeare     351
Macbech     353
Macbeth's Decision     356
New Ventures to the Americas
Walter Raleigh and the New World     361
The Lost Colony     365
Explorations in the North
The New-Found Land     370
Jacques Cartier's Discoveries     374
Empires Collide
Spain and England's War     379
The World at the End of the Sixteenth Century     384
Chronology of The Middle Ages
Dates in Volume 2     389
A Geography of The Middle Ages
A List of Maps in Volume 2     395
Pronouncing the Names of The Middle Ages
A Pronunciation Guide for Reading Aloud     397
Index     403
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  • Posted December 5, 2009

    I Love Susan Wise Bauer and The Story of the World part 1

    I am actually going through this a second time with my younger son. We use this as our history for our homeschool. I've learned more going through all 4 parts of this series than I ever did before in all my years of history. It starts at the beginning. It's not based on the theory of evolution. She also recommends several supplemental books to use with each chapter to get additional material. Not to mention other books to read, maps, and activities to reinforce what's taught! It's a fantastic series for any homeschool!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2012

    Highly recommended

    This book is well done, the sections are short and very interesting. My kids, 9 and 7, like the stories and listen intently. Makes learning history more fun!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2012

    Excellent history book

    I now have the entire series for my 9 year old son and he has "devoured" each and every one. I started off reading a chapter a day but he wanted far more and begged to read on his own. A wonderful way to learn history and my friends are excited to find these books an informative, historical and interesting/educational source also.

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  • Posted June 23, 2010

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    Perfect Intro to World History

    I've been reading "The Story of the World" to my 6-year-old for the past several weeks. While the book is comprehensive in its' overall time line, we've been picking and choosing stories based on what interests us on a given day. Last night we chose three stories summarizing the life and exploits of Alexander the Great. Last week we read about the adventures of Odysseus. Before that, it was the Remus and Romulus myth surrounding the beginnings of Rome. And don't forget the appropriately detailed overview of the lives of gladiators.

    I think next up will be Early America civilizations...

    Each chapter is short and focused, and written well for K-3rd grade. The chapters are written as stories or narratives which make the learning perfectly consumable by the target age ranges.

    Not only have I found my son making real world connections and references to items we've read in the book, but I've also learned a few new things myself.

    This is highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2004

    Let's be honest

    If you want your child to grow up to be politically correct, this book will help. To be unable to distinguish between fact and legend is essential; otherwise, when your child is presented with more explicitly political material at a later age, he/she may well question it or even demand proof. However, if you do not want your child to develop a habit of accepting unquestioningly what she/he is taught, you will want to avoid this book and the many others like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2006

    Great read aloud book for 5 yr old +

    We've been reading from this text nightly. The chapters are short, the verbiage is geared towards younger children, etc. We are enjoying the book and my 5 yr old really gets it, asking questions, and even using sentences like 'that's like the euphrates river we read about.'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2002

    I pre ordered mine from the publisher last year. Its the best 1-4th grade history text I've ever used

    It presents history as a story. It contains 42 chapter of less than 7 pages. it can be read independently by a 4th grader or used as a read aloud history book for 1st through 3rd grade. we will definately be getting the activity guide when it becomes available

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