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The History of the Medieval World: From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade


Bring history to life with this compelling narrative approach. Crusades, conquests, castles – take a front-row seat to the drama of the Middle Ages. Ideal as the spine for advanced high school history studies, this book also makes compelling reading for adults interested in the grand sweep of history.

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The History of the Medieval World is a true world history, linking the great conflicts of Europe to the titanic struggles for power in India and Asia. In its pages, El Cid and Guanggaeto, Julian the Apostate and the Brilliant Emperor, Charles the Hammer and Krum the Bulgarian stand side by side. From the schism between Rome and Constantinople to the rise of the Song Dynasty, from the mission of Muhammad to the crowning of Charlemagne, from the sacred wars of India to the establishment of the Knights Templar, this erudite book tells the fascinating, often violent story of kings, generals, and the peoples they ruled. Originally written for adults who want to learn more about history, it can also form a world history spine for advanced high schoolers who enjoy the subject – just add the Study & Teaching Guide for a complete year’s study.

Susan Wise Bauer provides both sweeping scope and vivid attention to the individual lives that give flesh to abstract assertions about human history. Dozens of maps provide a clear geography of great events, while timelines give the reader an ongoing sense of the passage of years and cultural interconnection. This narrative history employs literature, epic traditions, private letters and accounts to connect kings and leaders with the lives of those they ruled. The result is an engrossing tapestry of human behavior from which we may draw conclusions about the direction of world events and the causes behind them.

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1 review for The History of the Medieval World: From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade

  1. angijaegerchapman

    I have a 4th grader and a 7th grader. We are completing the Story of the World – Ancients, and he finds it too “babyish” even with extra assignments. I was wondering if the History of the World books can be used along with the Story of the World books – lesson for lesson? I don’t want to have to teach History twice, but my son needs more challenge. Also, might it be TOO much of a challenge for him? He is an in between age.

    • Press Minion

      The “History of the World” books are too advanced for a 7th grader, and they are not synchronized with the SOTW books, so they wouldn’t move at the same speed.

  2. Tara McClure

    Is there a suggested book list for History of the Medieval World. I’m wanting to pull together some historical fiction to go along with this history text.

    • Answer Desk

      There’s a bibliography and footnotes in the book that list the sources to back up the text. For literature that would accompany the text (not in a chapter-by-chapter way, but in general), see the book lists in chapter 27, The Great Books: History and Reading, of The Well-Trained Mind.

  3. Jami Hoekstra

    Does this correlate well with The Story of the World Volume 2, if you have kids listening to that and have an older one who is ready for more meat? Or as a parent who wants more ?

    • Answer Desk

      It’s a wonderful choice for parents who want more! For students, we recommend waiting for high school, as it has a high reading level and some mature content.

      The time period is the same, but History of the World covers much more information and does not correlate to Story of the World.

  4. A.

    I can’t find the book referenced below “see the book lists in chapter 27, The Great Books: History and Reading, of The Well-Trained Mind.” Do you still sell that book? Can you put a link for that book?

  5. Laura Linton

    I am planning to use the History of the Medieval World as a text for homeschooling High School History and have also purchased the study guide, however, there are no tests in the study guide. How would you recommend assigning a grade for transcript purposes?

    • Answer Desk

      Some people choose to not do tests, instead assigning grades based on discussion plus the included questions, critical thinking assignements, and essay topics (and you could certainly add in oral presentations and whatever works for you). Other people just use some of the included assignments listed above as quizzes and tests – the answers are up front in the instructor section, and the removable student pages are in the back, so it’s easy to do. Our products are designed to be flexible and adaptable!

  6. Help Desk

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