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

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

by Susan Wise Bauer

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ISBN-13: 9781933339092
Publisher: The Well-Trained Mind Press
Publication date: 04/16/2007
Series: Story of the World Series
Edition description: Second Revised Edition
Pages: 424
Sales rank: 98,106
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Susan Wise Bauer is a writer, educator, and historian. Her previous books include the Writing With Ease, Writing With Skill, and Story of the World series from Well-Trained Mind Press, as well as The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home, The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had, Rethinking School, The Story of Western Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory, and the History of the World series, all from W. W. W. Norton. She has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William & Mary in Virginia, as well as an M.A. in seventeenth-century literature and a Master of Divinity in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature. For fifteen years, she taught literature and composition at the College of William and Mary.

Jim Weiss's story recordings and books offer a welcoming doorway into the world’s greatest stories from literature and history. His vivid retellings of the classics have received more than one hundred major awards from organizations such as the American Library Association, Parents' Choice Foundation, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, and Film Advisory Board. More importantly, the stories form the heart of daily learning and meaningful entertainment in households and schools around the world.To hear Jim tell a story is to become swept up in the tale. He includes information about people and events behind the stories, and encourages children to read the original classics, on their own or with the help of more experienced readers. So listeners leave the storyteller's circle inspired to learn even more and to develop their own creative gifts. Jim Weiss believes the joy of reading, writing and creative activity begins in the presence of the storyteller.For performance availability, distribution information, or additional titles, please visit www.welltrainedmind.com or www.jimweiss.com.

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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Story of the World 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Jessiesgrl More than 1 year ago
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!!
ADNJ More than 1 year ago
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.
JGolomb More than 1 year ago
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.
stephkmn More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
momma2 on LibraryThing 16 days ago
I really enjoyed the thoroughness of this history book. Ms Bauer does not neglect any part of the world in her histories. It is told in a story like manner, much like Hillyer however it sometimes seemed a little too juvenile or dumbed down. We supplemented heavily with biographies and with A Child's History of the World. It was interesting to note the differences between the two histories and how each author looked at things just a little different. We will continue to use SOTW as a spine so that we don't miss any of the out of the way things that aren't typically covered in other histories even though the quality of the literature wasn't exactly what I had hoped.
woakden on LibraryThing 16 days ago
This seems like a great series and I really want to read these with Elli later on. It would be a really good intro to the history of the world, not just Canada, that I completely missed out on.
JGolomb on LibraryThing 16 days ago
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.
laf on LibraryThing 16 days ago
This book covers a lot of the world's ancient history. It is a good book for learning.
kleahey on LibraryThing 16 days ago
Going into any history book, I am concerned about how the author's personal views might have shaped his or her interpretation of the record of events. This is doubly so concerning history books written for children who are even more susceptible to accepting option and conjecture as truth. I think that, with this concern in mind, Ms. Bauer did an excellent job assembling this first volume of her early elementary school world history series. Her attempt at including myths from each of the religious traditions she broaches in the book is admirable, although I feel that she tips her hand slightly as her prefaces to biblical passages present them more as historical record than spiritual account. That being said, Ms. Bauer goes above and beyond what all other textbooks that I've seen for this age accomplish, attempting to give a concise but global snapshot of the time period, following trends and themes in history across cultures, and constructing a terribly engaging narrative, all so that children see the study of history as more than just the recitation of a list of dusty facts but as something that has real value in their lives.
Hamburgerclan on LibraryThing 18 days ago
This is the first volume of a series subtitled "History for the Classical Child"--part of the Sonlight curriculum. It's a summary of the ancient history, up through about 500 AD, written in a very readable style. Almost like reading a novel. One pleasant touch in this book is that even though it was written to be part of a classical education, it acknowledges that there were civilizations elsewhere in the world besides just in the Fertile Crescent and around the Mediterranean. 'Tis a volume worth checking out.--J.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is well written but some of the facts aren't quite factual. And some stories are HIGHLY oversimplified. My son is reading this book in history and he finds it easy to read and understand but his teacher has to keep altering facts to make them true. STOP USING REVIEW PAGES AS CHAT CITES THEY ARE NOT!!!!!
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