The Thirteenth: Greatest of Centuries

James Joseph WALSH (1865 - 1942)

It cannot but seem a paradox to say that the Thirteenth was the greatest of centuries. To most people the idea will appear at once so preposterous that they may not even care to consider it. A certain number, of course, will have their curiosity piqued by the thought that anyone should evolve so curious a notion. Either of these attitudes of mind will yield at once to a more properly receptive mood if it is recalled that the Thirteenth is the century of the Gothic cathedrals, of the foundation of the university, of the signing of Magna Charta, and of the origin of representative government with something like constitutional guarantees throughout the west of Europe. The cathedrals represent a development in the arts that has probably never been equaled either before or since. The university was a definite creation of these generations that has lived and maintained its usefulness practically in the same form in which it was then cast for the seven centuries ever since. The foundation stones of modern liberties are to be found in the documents which for the first time declared the rights of man during this precious period. (Summary from Preface)

Genre(s): Middle Ages/Middle History

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - INTRODUCTION, THE THIRTEENTH, THE GREATEST OF CENTURIES Phil Chenevert
00:45:40
Play 02 02 - UNIVERSITIES AND PREPARATORY SCHOOLS Phil Chenevert
00:39:16
Play 03 03 - WHAT AND HOW THEY STUDIED AT THE UNIVERSITIES Phil Chenevert
01:08:55
Play 04 04 - THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS AND DISCIPLINE Phil Chenevert
00:54:54
Play 05 05 - POST-GRADUATE WORK AT THE UNIVERSITIES Phil Chenevert
00:46:44
Play 06 06 - THE BOOK OF THE ARTS AND POPULAR EDUCATION Phil Chenevert
01:12:57
Play 07 07 - ARTS AND CRAFTS—GREAT TECHNICAL SCHOOLS Phil Chenevert
00:37:13
Play 08 08 - GREAT ORIGINS IN PAINTING Phil Chenevert
00:28:35
Play 09 09 - LIBRARIES AND BOOKMEN Phil Chenevert
00:43:06
Play 10 10 - THE CID, THE HOLY GRAIL, THE NIBELUNGEN Phil Chenevert
00:40:49
Play 11 11 - MEISTERSINGERS, MINNESINGERS, TROUVÈRES, TROUBADOURS Phil Chenevert
00:27:57
Play 12 12 - GREAT LATIN HYMNS Phil Chenevert
00:37:34
Play 13 13 - THE THREE MOST READ BOOKS Phil Chenevert
00:28:25
Play 14 14 - SOME THIRTEENTH CENTURY PROSE Phil Chenevert
00:45:48
Play 15 15 - ORIGIN OF DRAMA Phil Chenevert
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Play 16 16 - FRANCIS, THE SAINT—THE FATHER OF THE RENAISSANCE Phil Chenevert
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Play 17 17 - AQUINAS, THE SCHOLAR Phil Chenevert
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Play 18 18 - LOUIS, THE MONARCH Phil Chenevert
00:30:15
Play 19 19 - DANTE, THE POET Phil Chenevert
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Play 20 20 - THE WOMEN OF THE CENTURY Phil Chenevert
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Play 21 21 - CITY HOSPITALS—ORGANIZED CHARITY Phil Chenevert
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Play 22 22 - GREAT ORIGINS IN LAW Phil Chenevert
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Play 23 23 - JUSTICE AND LEGAL DEVELOPMENT Phil Chenevert
00:28:54
Play 24 24 - DEMOCRACY, CHRISTIAN SOCIALISM AND NATIONALITY Phil Chenevert
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Play 25 25 - GREAT EXPLORERS AND THE FOUNDATION OF GEOGRAPHY Phil Chenevert
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Play 26 26 - GREAT BEGINNINGS OF MODERN COMMERCE Phil Chenevert
00:38:05
Play 27 27 - 14 CHAPTERS THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN Phil Chenevert
00:49:49