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Funny, eye-opening, and clever

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Reviewed: 10-11-2019

Just like the last couple of year's books, and the podcast, these guys are entertaining and educational at the same time. Thoroughly enjoyed the 2019 edition.

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Brilliant

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Reviewed: 15-08-2019

Excellent story, great narration. Well worth the listen. It was hard to stop as I just wanted to keep going.

Out of date and taught with bias

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Reviewed: 13-06-2019

Many of the facts taught in this course are very out of date. The teacher also displays a clear bias when drawing links between Ancient Egypt and Christianity. He also rarely references dates, so it is hard to place the dynasties he is talking about in the context of world history. The repetitive style of speaking also got annoying after a while.

Excellent reading

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Reviewed: 07-02-2019

The narrator is the translator, and a Professor of Scandinavian studies, so he imparts real emotional tone and inflection in all the (apparent) right places. Loved it.

Excellent translation and narration

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Reviewed: 20-11-2018

The author has done a great job of the translation by making these poems of the Poetic Edda comprehensible. He has a lovely reading voice, and since he is the translator himself, he gives real emotion to the poems. Absolutely wonderful.

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Excellent fact-based summary

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Reviewed: 26-02-2018

This is a great exploration of the original sources on which all our information on the druids is based. It is refreshing to hear the actual excerpts that talk about druid practice from classical (Greek and Roman) texts rather than modern conjecture without citation. This is not a book for those looking for a "how to be a druid" handbook; it presents the facts as we know them from historical sources.

Some good information

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Reviewed: 16-01-2018

This lecture series is definitely not for anyone without prior understanding of the medieval period (in which the Viking age sits) and the major events that occurred in that era. There are too many unexplained references to medieval events and people that are confusing unless you already know those events and names. I would suggest some of the other Great Courses on the Medieval Period before trying this one.

Although the lecturer has a tendency to go off on tangents and constantly explain events which he then says "we will cover in another lecture", the actual information is detailed and useful.

The lecturer also has an extremely patronising tone of voice; he starts every lecture sounding like he would rather be doing something else and that he is really annoyed at having to tell someone all this information. As he gets into his story, the tone gets a little better, but he still sounds like he's is being made to do this lecture series under duress.

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Good account of Medieval England

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Reviewed: 27-04-2017

Great walk-through the rise of the British Empire, with a good coverage of the general population dispersed amongst a discussion of the monarchy and nobility. Worth several listens to get the genealogy of the ruling lineage straight. It was useful to get the many different battles and conflicts of the time described in chronological order, with explanations about their causes.

Excellent overview of the middle ages.

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Reviewed: 23-03-2017

Well designed course with a logical progression of topics through the medieval period. Excellent descriptions of the living conditions of all classes, not just the wealthy. The lecturer was engaging and clearly knowledgeable.

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