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Whose Middle Ages?: Teachable Moments for an Ill-Used Past
Whose Middle Ages?: Teachable Moments for an Ill-Used Past
Whose Middle Ages?: Teachable Moments for an Ill-Used Past
Audiobook9 hours

Whose Middle Ages?: Teachable Moments for an Ill-Used Past

Written by Andrew Albin, Mary C. Erler, Thomas O'Donnell and

Narrated by Linda Henning

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars



About this audiobook

Whose Middle Ages? is an interdisciplinary collection of short, accessible essays intended for the nonspecialist reader and ideal for teaching at an undergraduate level. Each of twenty-two essays takes up an area where digging for meaning in the medieval past has brought something distorted back into the present: in our popular entertainment; in our news, our politics, and our propaganda; and in subtler ways that inform how we think about our histories, our countries, and ourselves. Each author looks to a history that has refused to remain past and uses the tools of the academy to read and re-read familiar stories, objects, symbols, and myths.

Whose Middle Ages? gives nonspecialists access to the richness of our historical knowledge while debunking damaging misconceptions about the medieval past. Myths about the medieval period are especially beloved among the globally resurgent far right, from crusading emblems on the shields borne by alt-right demonstrators to the on-screen image of a purely white European populace, defended from actors of color by Internet trolls. This collection attacks these myths directly by insisting that readers encounter the relics of the Middle Ages on their own terms.

Each essay uses its author’s academic research as a point of entry and takes care to explain how the author knows what she or he knows and what kinds of tools, bodies of evidence, and theoretical lenses allow scholars to write with certainty about elements of the past to a level of detail that might seem unattainable. By demystifying the methods of scholarly inquiry, Whose Middle Ages? serves as an antidote not only to the far right’s errors of fact and interpretation but also to its assault on scholarship and expertise as valid means for the acquisition of knowledge.

PublisherScribd Audio
Release dateOct 19, 2021

Andrew Albin

Andrew Albin is Associate Professor of English and Medieval Studies at Fordham University. His scholarship in the field of historical sound studies examines embodied listening practices, sound’s meaningful contexts, and the lived aural experiences of historical hearers—in a word, the sonorous past—as an object of critical inquiry. His work has been recognized with grants and fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Medieval Academy of America, the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. He is the author of Richard Rolle’s Melody of Love: A Study and Translation with Manuscript and Musical Contexts (PIMS, 2018).

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    I listened to the first 30 minutes. Struggling with the audio- very monotonous with newsreader style intonation makes it difficult to follow. Really interesting essay, though.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    A reality check for people whose belief about the Middle Ages are missing significant facts. These misinterpretation lead to inaccurate assumptions which are used to support political agenda, to the detriment of society. The axe-wielding, testosterone-pumped aggressive raider with a horned helmet is a myth. Yet today this toxic meme is idolized and serves to incite others to violence. Hitler used the model, but look at the stylized Russian statues of the ideal worker. And in American art from the depression era. This is only one example. We need to hear the truth
  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
    Awful awful awful awful awful poor poor poor poor poor.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    The individual essays were well written and informative, especially the middle and latter ones. I would love to discuss many of these with their authors. It is good to see other perspectives. The introductions to part 1 & 2 by David Perry, however, are highly insulting in their assertion of general ignorance by the reader.

    2 people found this helpful

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
    Leftist propaganda!!
    Too much of a leftist point of view for me, if you don't mind that or you believe everything without question or believe game of thrones is actually history....then this book was made for you. But thats just my opinion, form your thoughts and opinions.

    3 people found this helpful

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
    Not always history based. At one point was doing an analysis on the tv series game of thrones as if it was based in reality at all.

    4 people found this helpful