The Beginning of the Middle Ages

Richard William Church (1815 - 1890)

In 395 A.D. Theodosius, the last ruler of the undivided Roman Empire died. To his young and incompetent son, Honorius, he left the government of its western half. Honorius depended upon the great general, Stilicho, to withstand the Visigoths under Alaric. But when he fecklessly abandoned his general to execution by palace intriguers, Alaric conquered and sacked Rome (410). Thus opened the era of chaotic leadership, social disintegration, and barbarian conquest, which used to be called the Dark Ages. The Franks emerged and helped to found the temporal power of the Papacy. Charlemagne consolidated a wide realm and revived learning. But his last years were overshadowed by the first incursions of the terrible Vikings, who in their shallow-draft vessels penetrated the Seine and the Loire into the heart of Gaul and, landing on the British coasts, conquered half of England. - Summary by Pamela Nagami, M.D.

Genre(s): War & Military, Middle Ages/Middle History, Christianity - Other

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Introduction Pamela Nagami
00:28:13
Play 01 Ch. 1: Teutonic Settlements in the West, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
00:18:00
Play 02 Ch. 1: Teutonic Settlements in the West, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
00:17:55
Play 03 Ch. 2: The New Nations, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
00:13:14
Play 04 Ch. 2: The New Nations, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
00:17:08
Play 05 Ch. 3: Condition of the Teutonic Settlements, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
00:12:45
Play 06 Ch. 3: Condition of the Teutonic Settlements, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
00:19:09
Play 07 Ch. 4: Conquest of Britain by the Saxons and Angles, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
00:12:13
Play 08 Ch. 4: Conquest of Britain by the Saxons and Angles, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
00:11:41
Play 09 Ch. 5: The Franks, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
00:15:39
Play 10 Ch. 5: The Franks, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
00:14:31
Play 11 Ch. 5: The Franks, Pt. 3 Pamela Nagami
00:20:07
Play 12 Ch. 6: Roman Empire in the East, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
00:19:55
Play 13 Ch. 6: Roman Empire in the East, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
00:20:44
Play 14 Ch. 7: The Carolingians--Charles the Great, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
00:21:42
Play 15 Ch. 7: The Carolingians--Charles the Great, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
00:18:47
Play 16 Ch. 7: The Carolingians--Charles the Great, Pt. 3 Pamela Nagami
00:22:34
Play 17 Ch. 8: The Carolingians--Successors of Charles, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
00:19:01
Play 18 Ch. 8: The Carolingians--Successors of Charles, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
00:15:25
Play 19 Ch. 8: The Carolingians--Successors of Charles, Pt. 3 Pamela Nagami
00:22:18
Play 20 Ch. 9: Consolidation and Unity of the English People, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
00:19:12
Play 21 Ch. 9: Consolidation and Unity of the English People, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
00:16:09
Play 22 Ch. 10: Results of the Break-up of the Frank Empire, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
00:14:41
Play 23 Ch. 10: Results of the Break-up of the Frank Empire, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
00:18:34
Play 24 Ch. 10: Results of the Break-up of the Frank Empire, Pt. 3 Pamela Nagami
00:17:49
Play 25 Ch. 11: Retrospect of the Times of Transition from the Roman Empire to the European States of the Middle Ages Pamela Nagami
00:10:36