My Audio School

Educational resources for busy parents

You are currently browsing the Middle Ages Literature category.

Saint George and the Dragon

MAS Lucas_Cranach_d.?._-_Der_heilige_Georg_im_Kampf_mit_dem_Drachen_(Vienna)

Listen to and read a brief kids’ version of Saint George and the Dragon here.

Watch a brief video from the National Gallery of Art about Raphael’s painting of Saint George and the Dragon.

Click here for a companion story to St. George and the Dragon.

Posted 1 year, 9 months ago.

Add a comment

Wulf the Saxon by G. A. Henty

Wulf_the_Saxon_1302

Summary: Wulf the Saxon is a classic George Henty tale of nobility, loyalty and courage set in 11th century Britain. It relates the adventures of Wulf, a young, but extremely capable Saxon Thane. Wulf with his friends and servitors devote their lives to the service of Harold Godwinson, both before and after he becomes king of England. They are directly involved in capturing castles, rescuing shipwreck survivors, foiling assassination attempts and entering the terrible battles at Stamford Bridge and Senlac field by Hastings. The background of the novel is set in the stormy period prior to the Norman conquest of Britain and the story centers around real people and events, even offering a historically correct and lucid insight to the intrigues surrounding the religious and political alliances which led to the events of 1066; an absolute turning point in England’s history. (courtesy of Librivox)

Download as a zipped file

Subscribe in iTunes

Online text

Internet Archive Page

Running time: 12:12

Preface

A Quarrel

Country Life

At Court

A Storm

Rouen

Release of The Earl

The Oath

Trouble With Wales

In the Welsh Valleys

Porthwyn

The Secret Passage

Edith

Harold The King

Wulf’s Suspicions

A Meeting by The River

A Voyage North

An Attempt at Assassination

The Northern Invasion

Stamford Bridge

The Landing of The Foe

Hastings

The Lord of Bramber

Posted 3 years, 9 months ago.

Add a comment

King Arthur’s Knights: The Tales Retold for Boys and Girls by Henry Gilbert

Voyage of King Arthur and Morgan Le Fay to the Isle of Avalon by Frank William Warwick, public domain

Summary: ?This book is an attempt to tell some of the stories of King Arthur and his Knights in a way which will be interesting to every boy and girl who loves adventures. (Introduction by Henry Gilbert)

Read this book online or on your Kindle (with images)

Download as a zipped file

Subscribe in iTunes

Internet Archive Page

Total running time: 10 hours, 9 minutes

Galahad's sword by Arthur Rackham, public domain

Preface

1: Preface and How Arthur Was Made King and Won His Kingdom

2: Sir Balin and the Stroke Dolorous

3: How Lancelot was Made a Knight, The Four Witch Queens, and the Adventures at the Chapel Perilous

4: The Knight of the Kitchen

5: How Sir Tristram Kept His Word

6: The Deeds of Sir Geraint

7: How Sir Percevel Was Taught Chivalry, and Ended the Evil Wrought by Sir Balin’s Dolorous Stroke

8: How Sir Owen won the Earldom of the Fountain

The Death of King Arthur by John Garrick, public domain

9: Of Sir Lancelot and the Fair Maid of Astolat

10: How the Three Good Knights Achieved the Holy Graal

11: Of the Plots of Sir Mordred; and How Sir Lancelot Saved the Queen

12: Of Sir Gawaine’s Hatred, and the War with Sir Lancelot

13: Of the Rebellion of Mordred and the Death of King Arthur

 

Posted 5 years, 8 months ago.

Add a comment

Utopia by Sir Thomas More

Utopia, colored, Titelholzschnitt from Thomas Moore's Utopia, public domain

Summary: This book is all about the fictional country called Utopia. It is a country with an ‘ideal’ form of communism, in which everything really does belong to everybody, everyone does the work they want to, and everyone is alright with that. This country uses gold for chamber pots and prison chains, pearls and diamonds for children’s playthings, and requires that a man and a woman see each other exactly as they are, naked, before getting married. This book gave the word ‘utopia’ the meaning of a perfect society, while the Greek word actually means ‘no place’. Enjoy listening to this story about a country that really is too good to be true. (Summary by Jenilee for Librivox)

Read this book

Follow along on your Kindle

Download as a zipped file

Subscribe in iTunes

Internet archive page

Total running time:  3 hours, 54 minutes

Utopia, map by Abraham Ortellius, possibly published in 1595, public domain

# 00 – Introduction

# 01 – Discourses of Raphael Hythloday, Part 1

# 02 – Discourses of Raphael Hythloday, Part 2

# 03 – Discourses of Raphael Hythloday, Part 3

# 04 – Of Their Towns, Particularly of Amaurot

# 05 – Of Their Magistrates

# 06 – Of Their Trades, and Manner of Life

# 07 – Of Their Traffic

# 08 – Of the Travelling of the Utopians

# 09 – Of Their Slaves and of Their Marriages

# 10 – Of Their Military Discipline

# 11 – Of the Religions of the Utopians

Posted 5 years, 10 months ago.

Add a comment

In Freedom’s Cause by G. A. Henty

Another stirring tale from the master of historical fiction set in the time of Robert Bruce and William Wallace and their struggle for Scotland’s independence. (Summary by Annise)

Read this book online

Follow along on your Kindle

Download as a zipped file

Subscribe in iTunes

Internet archive page

Total running time: 10 hours, 16 minutes

Preface

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Posted 5 years, 10 months ago.

Add a comment

Viking Tales by Jennie Hall

Summary: Viking tales are tales from Iceland, featuring the king Halfdan and his son Harald. (Summary by Nadine)

Read this book online or on your Kindle or other e-reader.

Internet archive page

Download as a zipped file

Subscribe in iTunes

Total running time:? 3 hours, 30 minutes

To hear this book, click play in the box below or click on the chapter links.

00 – What the Sagas Were

01 – Part I, The Baby

02 – Part I, The Tooth Thrall

03 – Part I, Olaf’s farm

04 – Part I, Olaf’s fight with Havard

05 – Part I, Foes’-Fear

06 – Part I, Harald is King

07 – Part I, Harald’s Battle

08 – Part I, Gyda’s Saucy Message

09 – Part I, The Sea Fight

10 – Part I, King Harald’s Wedding

11 – Part I, King Harald Goes West-Over-Seas

12 – Part II, Homes in Iceland

13 – Part II, Eric the Red

14 – Part II, Leif and His New Land

15 – Part II, Wineland the Good

16 – Descriptive Notes

17 – Suggestions to Teachers

18 – A Reading List

Posted 7 years, 8 months ago.

Add a comment

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, unknown author, translated by W. A. Neilson

Whole book (zip file)Download

Subscribe by iTunesiTunes

Internet Archive Page

Online text

Total running time: 1 hour, 18 minutes

Published in 1903, Gawayne and the Green Knight is a modern-language retelling of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, a 14th-century verse romance following a young knight of the Round Table. During Christmas celebrations, a mysterious, entirely green knight presents a challenge to King Arthur’s court: that any may strike the stranger a single blow with his green axe, provided he assent to receiving the same a year later. Gawayne accepts the challenge, and its unexpected outcome leads to a great test of his courage and knighthood. A significant addition to this version is the Lady Elfinhart, whose back-story and romance with Gawayne are tightly interwoven with the plot. (Summary by Jerome Lawsen for Librivox)

01 – Canto I – The Green Knight

02 – Canto II – Elfinhart

03 – Canto III – Gawayne

04 – Canto IV – Conclusion

Posted 7 years, 8 months ago.

Add a comment

At Agincourt- A Tale of the White Hoods of Paris by G. A. Henty

Henty At Agincourt

Summary: The story begins in a grim feudal castle in Normandie. The times were troublous, and soon the king compelled Lady Margaret de Villeroy, with her children, to go to Paris as hostages. Guy Aylmer went with her.

Paris was turbulent. Soon the guild of the butchers, adopting white hoods as their uniform, seized the city, and besieged the house where our hero and his charges lived. After desperate fighting, the white hoods were beaten and our hero and his charges escaped from the city, and from France. (Summary from the original back cover)

The Battle of Agincourt from Enguerrand de Monstrelet, Chronique de France, public domain image


Read this book yourself

Download as a zipped file

Subscribe in iTunes

Internet archive page

Total running time:? 10 hours, 14 minutes

To hear this book, click play in the box below or click on the chapter links.

The Morning of the Battle of Agincourt by John Gilbert, public domain image

00 – Introduction

01 – A Feudal Castle

02 – Troubles in France

03 – A Siege

04 – A Fatal Accident

05 – Hostages

King Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt by John Gilbert, public domain image

06 – In Paris

07 – In the Streets of Paris

08 – A Riot

09 – A Stout Defense

10 – After the Fray

Battle of Agincourt, public domain image

11 – Danger Threatened

12 – In Hiding

13 – The Masters of Paris

14 – Planning Massacre

15 – A Rescue

16 – The Escape

The Thanksgiving Service on the field of Agincourt by Edmund Blair Leighton, from Cassell's History of England, volume 1, public domain image

17 – A Long Pause

18 – Katarina

19 – Agincourt

20 – Penshurst

Posted 7 years, 8 months ago.

Add a comment

Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott

Ivanhoe by Johannes Gehrts

Summary:  This book follows the fortunes of the son of a noble Saxon family in Norman England as he woos his lady, disobeys his father, and is loved by another. Set in late 12C England and in Palestine with Richard Cœur-de-Lion at the Crusades, it’s another ripping historical yarn by Scott (summary by annise for Librivox)

Read this book yourself

Download as a zipped file

Subscribe in iTunes

Internet archive page

To hear this book, click play in the box below or click on the chapter links.

Total running time: 19 hours and 25 minutes

Ivanhoe Le Noir Faineant in the Hermit's Cell, by J. Cooper, Sr.,  public domain image

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Ivanhoe classic comics cover, public domain image

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

Chapter 29

Chapter 30

Chapter 31

Chapter 32

Chapter 33

Chapter 34

Chapter 35

Chapter 36

Chapter 37

Chapter 38

Chapter 39

Chapter 40

Chapter 41

Chapter 42

Chapter 43

Chapter 44

Posted 7 years, 8 months ago.

Add a comment

The Legends of Charlemagne by Thomas Bulfinch

Charlemagne empereur d'Occident by Louis-Felix Amiel, public domain

Read this book yourself

Download as a zipped file

Subscribe in iTunes

Internet archive page

To hear this book, click play in the box below or click on the chapter links.

Total running time:  9 hours, 11 minutes

Charlemagne et Alcuin, by Victor Schnetz, public domain

# 00 – Introduction

# 01 – The Peers, or Paladins

# 02 – The Tournament

# 03 – The Siege of Albracca pt 1

# 04 – The Siege of Albracca pt 2

# 05 – Adventures of Rinaldo and Orlando

# 06 – The Invasion of France pt 1

# 07 – The Invasion of France pt 2

# 08 – Bradamante and Rogero

Charlemagne Ary Scheffer, Charlemagne reçoit la soumission de Widukind à Paderborn, public domain

# 09 – Astolpho and the Enchantress

# 10 – The Orc, Section 10

# 11 – Astolpho’s Adventures continued, and Isabella’s begun

# 12 – Medoro

# 13 – Orlando Mad

# 14 – Zerbino and Isabella

# 15 – Astolpho in Abyssinia

# 16 – The War in Africa pt 1

Charlemagne The Coronation of Charlemagne by Rafael, public domain

# 17 – The War in Africa pt 2

# 18 – Rogero and Bradamante pt 1

# 19 – Rogero and Bradamante pt 2

# 20 – The Battle of Roncesvalles

# 21 – The Battle of Roncesvalles

Charlemagne and Pope Adrian I, public domain

# 22 – Rinaldo and Bayard

# 23 – Death of Rinaldo

# 24 – Huon of Bordeaux pt 1

# 25 – Huon of Bordeaux pt 2

# 26 – Huon of Bordeaux pt 3

# 27 – Ogier the Dane pt 1

# 28 – Ogier the Dane pt 2

# 29 – Ogier the Dane pt 3

Posted 7 years, 10 months ago.

Add a comment

The Life of Alfred the Great, written by Asser, Bishop of Sherbourne, translated by J. A. Giles

Alfred found much pleasure in reading, source H. E. Marshall's Our Island Story, public domain image

Download as a zipped file

Subscribe in iTunes

Internet archive page

Read this book yourself

A life of King Alfred of England originally composed in Latin, possibly sometime around 888 A.D. by the Monk and Bishop Asser, although some scholars contend that the work was actually composed much later by an unknown hand. (Summary by Douglas B. Killings for Librivox)

To hear this book, click play in the box below or click on the chapter links.

Running time: 2 hours, 18 minutes

Prince Alfred on his first Boar Hunt, from Eva March Tappan's In the Days of Alfred the Great, public domain

01  Introduction 00:02:45

02 Part I, section 1  00:20:00

03  Part I, Section 2  00:22:56

04  Part I, Section 3  00:25:09

Alfred The Great Watching The Cakes, Engraving, 1854, author unknown, public domain image

05 Part II, Section 1  00:22:15

06  Part II, Section 2 00:21:15

07 Part II, Section 3  00:22:51

Posted 7 years, 10 months ago.

Add a comment

Three Swords radio drama

Boys King Arthur by N. C. Wyeth, public domain image

General Mills Radio Adventure Theater: Three Swords

This old time radio drama tells the story of King Arthur when he pulls the sword from the stone.

Posted 8 years ago.

Add a comment

St. George for England by G. A. Henty

Battle of Poitiers, the King is taken prisoner by the Black Prince who recognizes him by his helmet, Chronicles of Jean Froissart, public domain image

Download as a zipped file

Subscribe in iTunes

Read this book yourself

Internet archive page

To hear this book, click play in the box below or click on the chapter titles.

Summary: This book tells of a child of noble birth whose parents have fallen foul of the current royalty. He is placed in hiding and grows up with a bowyer and then he is apprenticed to an armourer just outside the gates of the City of London.
He becomes accomplished in arms and joins the campaign in France where we see the battles of Crecy and Poitiers through his eyes.
A tale of heroism and 14th century viciousness.
Great fun.(summary by jimmowatt for Librivox)

Battle of Poitiers, author Jean Froissart, public domain

# 00 – Preface – 00:02:36

# 01 – A Wayfarer – 00:25:39

# 02 – The Hut in the Marshes – 00:26:38

# 03 – A Thwarted Plot – 00:25:58

# 04 – A Knight’s Chain – 00:26:04

# 05 – The City Games – 00:25:18

map of the Battle of Poitiers, public domain image

# 06 – The Melee – 00:25:17

# 07 – The Young Esquire – 00:27:57

# 08 – Off to the Wars – 00:26:05

# 09 – The Siege of Hennebon – 00:28:16

Jean II le Bon at the Battle of Poitiers, 19 September 1356, anonymous artist, public domain image

# 10 – A Place of Refuge – 00:25:34

# 11 – A Stormy Interview – 00:25:23

# 12 – Jacob Van Artevelde – 00:23:36

# 13 – The White Ford – 00:24:31

# 14 – Cressy – 00:29:01

# 15 – The Siege of a Fortalice – 00:21:43

# 16 – A Prisoner – 00:29:39

Battle of Poitiers, illustration by Boccace, de casibus, public domain image

# 17 – The Capture of Calais – 00:29:52

# 18 – The Black Death – 00:21:23

# 19 – By Land and Sea – 00:21:32

# 20 – Poitiers – 00:23:09

# 21 – The Jacquerie – 00:28:03

# 22 – Victory and Death – 00:33:13

Posted 8 years ago.

Add a comment

The Arabian Nights Entertainments by Andrew Lang

Open Sesame by Laurence Housman, public domain image, source www.archive.org

Download to Mp3

Subscribe in iTunes

Read this book

Internet Archive Page

To listen, click play in the box below or click on the chapter titles.

Running time: 10 hours, 30 minutes

Note to parent: I have not read this version of The Arabian Nights yet, however it has been reviewed on Amazon, where multiple parental reviewers note that this version is not completely sanitized (dead body counts and some violence remain) but much of the book has been heavily abridged to make it appropriate for children, with inappropriate content removed. This is a book of middle-eastern myths, and there are references to Allah in some of the stories.

Arabian Nights, by Abul Hasan Ghaffari public domain image

00 – Preface – 00:05:38

01 – The Arabian Nights – 00:07:06

02 – The Story of the Merchant and the Genius – 00:07:50

03 – The Story of the First Old Man and of the Hind – 00:06:09

04 – The Story of the Second Old Man and of the Two Black Dogs – 00:06:01

05 – The Story of the Fisherman – 00:06:11

06 – The Story of the Greek King and the Physician Douban – 00:04:53

07 – The Story of the Husband and the Parrot – 00:03:33

Arabian Nights, Tale of 1001 Nights by Gustave Boulanger, 1824-1888, public domain image

08 – The Story of the Vizir Who Was Punished – 00:16:57

09 – The Story of the Young King of the Black Isles – 00:06:04

10 – The Story of the Three Calendars, Sons of Kings and of Five Ladies of Bagdad – 00:19:49

11 – The Story of the First Calendar, Son of a King – 00:11:17

12 – The Story of the Second Calendar, Son of a King – 00:14:55

13 – The Story of the Envious Man and of Him Who Was Envied – 00:25:30

14 – The Story of the Third Calendar, Son of a King – 00:27:56

Arabian Nights, Roc destroying Sinbad's ship from The Book of Knowledge, Grolier Society, 1911, public domain image

15 – The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor – 00:06:59

16 – First Voyage – 00:11:29

17 – Second Voyage – 00:13:02

18 – Third Voyage – 00:14:37

19 – Fourth Voyage – 00:13:47

20 – Fifth Voyage – 00:10:48

Arabian Nights, episode from the 5th voyage of Sinbad the Sailor, illustration from Les Mille et une nuits, par Galland, Paris 1865, public domain image

21 – Sixth Voyage – 00:08:40

22 – Seventh and Last Voyage – 00:10:52

23 – The Little Hunchback – 00:15:34

Arabian Nights, One Thousand and One Nights, by Sani ol-Molk, public domain image

24 – The Story of the Barber’s Fifth Brother – 00:19:22

25 – The Story of the Barber’s Sixth Brother – 00:11:21

26 – The Adventures of Prince Camaralzaman and the Princess Badoura (Part I) – 00:22:39

27 – The Adventures of Prince Camaralzaman and the Princess Badoura (Part II) – 00:26:39

28 – The Adventures of Prince Camaralzaman and the Princess Badoura (Part III) – 00:27:04

29 – Noureddin and the Fair Persian (Part I) – 00:24:50

30 – Noureddin and the Fair Persian (Part II) – 00:24:45

tn_Arabian Nights, Aladdin in the Magic Garden illustrated by Max Liebert, public domain image

31 – Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp – 00:31:37

32 – The Adventures of Haroun-al-Raschid, the Caliph of Bagdad – 00:05:41

33 – The Story of the Blind Baba-Abdalla – 00:16:03

34 – The Story of Sidi-Nouman – 00:22:0735 – The Story of Ali-Colia, Merchant of Bagdad – 00:19:30

36 – The Enchanted Horse, Part 1 – 00:22:19

37 – The Enchanted Horse, Part 2 – 00:21:34

38 – The Story of the Two Sisters Who Were Jealous of Their Younger Sister (Part I) – 00:20:05

39 – The Story of the Two Sisters Who Were Jealous of Their Younger Sister (Part II) – 00:19:33

40 – The Story of the Two Sisters Who Were Jealous of Their Younger Sister (Part III) – 00:19:02

Posted 8 years, 3 months ago.

Add a comment

Confessions by Augustine of Hippo

Augustine, illustration from the Nuremberg Chronicle by Harmann Schedel, public domain image

Download this book to Mp3

Subscribe in iTunes

Read this book

Augustine by Sandro Botticelli, Yorck

Or, you can stream individual chapters of this book by using the player widget located at its Librivox Internet Archive Page

Total running time: 13 hours, 50 minutes

Augustine by Martini, Simone, The work of art depicted in this image and the reproduction thereof are in the public domain worldwide. The reproduction is part of a collection of reproductions compiled by The Yorck Project. The compilation copyright is held by Zenodot Verlagsgesellschaft mbH and licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License

Posted 8 years, 3 months ago.

Add a comment

Le Morte d’Arthur, volume 1 by Thomas Malory

Morte-Darthur-Last-Sleep-of-Arthur-in-Avalon-by-Burne-Jones

Note to parent: Le Morte d’Arthur appears on many high school reading lists. Please be aware that some chapters may contain violent and disgusting imagery, sensuality or profanity. Please consult your trusted curriculum provider about which chapters you want to assign to your child, and preview material yourself if you have concerns.

Download this book to Mp3

Subscribe in iTunes


Read this book yourself

To hear this book, click play in the box below or click on the chapter links.

Running time: 15 hours, 50 minutes

Morte-Darthur-1485-William-Caxtons-edition-of-Mallorys-Morte-Darthur

01   Bk 1 Chapters 1-6 00:24:25

02  Bk 1 Chapters 7-11 00:22:41

03 Bk 1 Chapters 12-16 00:21:17

04  Bk 1 Chapters 17-21 00:20:21

05  Bk 1 Chapters 22-27 00:19:59

06   Bk 2 Chapters 1-6 00:18:26

07 Bk 2 Chapters 7-13 00:18:34

08   Bk 2 Chapters 14-19 00:20:45

09   Bk 3 Chapters 1-8 00:26:55

10  Bk 3 Chapters 9-15 00:30:00

Morte-darthur-The-Lady-of-the-Lake-Telleth-Arthur-of-the-Sword-Excalibur

11 Bk 4 Chapters 1 – 7 00:27:15

12  Bk 4 Chapters 8-13 00:17:51

13  Bk 4 Chapters 14-18 00:25:28

14   Bk 4 Chapters 19-22 00:17:25

15  Bk 4 Chapters 23-28 00:19:54

16  Bk 5 Chapters 1-5 00:23:09

17   Bk 5 Chapters 6-9 00:18:47

18 Bk 5 Chapters 10-12 00:13:06

19  Bk 6 Chapters 1-6 00:20:21

20   Bk 6 Chapters 7-10 00:20:55

King-Arthur-Sangreal

21  Bk 6 Chapters 11  – 1400:21:30

22  Bk 6 Chapters 15-18 00:20:00

23   Bk 7 Chapters 1-6 00:16:30

24  Bk 7 Chapters 7-11 00:17:27

25  Bk 7 Chapters 12-16 00:16:48

26   Bk 7 Chapters 17-21 00:16:26

27   Bk 7 Chapters 22-26 00:25:07

28  Bk 7 Chapters 27-31 00:23:50

29  Bk 7 Chapters 32-35 00:15:37

30  Bk 1 Chapters 1-6 00:19:51

King-Arthur-The-Lady-of-Shalott-by-Henry-Meynell-Rheam

31 Bk 8 Chapters 7-11 00:19:42

32 Bk 8 Chapters 12-16 00:16:56

33  Bk 8 Chapters 17-22 00:26:02

34  Bk 8 Chapters 23-28 00:21:33

35   Bk 8 Chapters 29-33 00:23:45

36   Bk 8 Chapters 34-38 00:19:16

37  Bk 8 Chapters 39-41 00:16:18

38 Bk 9 Chapters 01-05 00:21:56

39  Bk 9 Chapter 06-11 00:21:32

40   Bk 9 Chapter 12-17 00:22:29

King-Arthur-Sir-Galahad-by-Arthur-Hughes

41  Bk 9 Chapter 18 – 22 00:21:05

42 Bk 9 Chapters 23-26 00:20:07

43  Bk 9 Chapters 27-31 00:21:20

44   Bk 9 Chapters 32-35 00:16:29

45  Bk 9 Chapters 36-39 00:22:10

46  Bk 9 Chapters 40-44 00:18:52

Posted 8 years, 5 months ago.

Add a comment

The Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus

Erasmus by Hans  Holbein the younger, 1523

Download to Mp3

Subscribe in iTunes

Read this book

To hear this book, click play in the box below or click on the chapter links.

Run time: 3 hours, 43 minutes

Erasmus by Hans Holbein the Younger

Chapter 0 (Preface)

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Posted 8 years, 5 months ago.

Add a comment

The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame

Saint George the Dragonslayer by Wilhelm von Diez, 1897

Consider adding this heartwarming story to your study of Saint George and the dragon. What would have happened if the dragon did not care to fight?

Read this book

Download to Mp3

Subscribe in iTunes

Listen to The Reluctant Dragon (running time 57 minutes):

The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame

Posted 8 years, 5 months ago.

Add a comment

The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius

Boethius Consolation of Philosophy 1

Download to Mp3

Subscribe in iTunes

Read this book

To hear this book, click play in the box below or click on the chapter links.

Running time: 5 hours, 13 minutes

Boethius Consolation of Philosophy 2

Chapter 01   00:07:21

Chapter 02  00:04:58

Chapter 03   00:02:53

Chapter 04  00:04:08

Chapter 05   00:16:21

Chapter 06   00:06:26

Chapter 07   00:05:53

Chapter 08   00:01:23

Chapter 09   00:06:18

Boethius imprisoned for Consolation of Philosophy

Chapter 10  00:05:15

Chapter 11   00:05:41

Chapter 12   00:08:25

Chapter 13   00:11:34

Chapter 14   00:06:51

Chapter 15   00:07:09

Chapter 16  00:03:40

Chapter 17   00:02:43

Chapter 18   00:09:19

Chapter 19  00:05:21

Boethius 1

Chapter 20 00:04:28

Chapter 21   00:03:47

Chapter 22  00:03:15

Chapter 23   00:02:27

Chapter 24 00:05:05

Chapter 25   00:12:07

Chapter 26  00:13:43

Chapter 27  00:09:56

Chapter 28  00:12:37

Chapter 29  00:05:52

Chapter 30   00:10:49

Boethius 2

Chapter 31   00:08:29

Chapter 32   00:14:01

Chapter 33   00:04:05

Chapter 34  00:21:02

Chapter 35  00:05:21

Chapter 36   00:07:21

Chapter 37   00:03:12

Chapter 38   00:11:04

Chapter 39  00:10:49
Chapter 40  00:06:20

Chapter 41   00:15:35

Posted 8 years, 6 months ago.

Add a comment

Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc Volumes 1 and 2 by Mark Twain

Joan of Arc by Paul Gaugin

You can stream individual chapters of this book by using the player widget located at its Librivox Internet archive page

OR

Download as a zipped file

Subscribe in iTunes

Read this book yourself online

Click here to view downloadable curriculum from CurrClick which could be used for a study of the Middle Ages. This link will take you away from My Audio School.

Running time: 15 hours, 19 minutes

Joan of Arc by Rosetti 2

Summary: Mark Twain’s work on Joan of Arc is titled in full “Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, by the Sieur Louis de Conte.” De Conte is identified as Joan’s page and secretary. For those who’ve always wanted to “get behind” the Joan of Arc story and to better understand just what happened, Twain’s narrative makes the story personal and very accessible.

The work is fictionally presented as a translation from the manuscript by Jean Francois Alden, or, in the words of the published book, “Freely Translated out of the Ancient French into Modern English from the Original Unpublished Manuscript in the National Archives of France.”

It was originally published as a serialization in Harper’s Magazine beginning in 1895 and later published in book form in 1896. However the Harper’s editors decided to cut 12 chapters that describe much of Joan’s Great Trial, saying the chapters were not suitable for serialization since, “They will not bear mutilation or interruption, but must be read as a whole, as one reads a drama.” This recording contains the complete text!

De Conte is a fictionalized version of Joan of Arc’s page Louis de Contes, and provides narrative unity to the story. He is presented as an individual who was with Joan during the three major phases of her life – as a youth in Domremy, as the commander of Charles’ army on military campaign, and as a defendant at the trial in Rouen. The book is presented as a translation by Alden of de Conte’s memoirs, written in his later years for the benefit of his descendants.

Twain based his descriptions of Joan of Arc on his daughter, Susy Clemens, as he remembered her at the age of seventeen.

Twain said, “I like Joan of Arc best of all my books; and it is the best; I know it perfectly well. And besides, it furnished me seven times the pleasure afforded me by any of the others; twelve years of preparation, and two years of writing. The others needed no preparation and got none.” (Summary by Wikipedia and John Greenman for Librivox)

Joan of Arc, oil on canvas, by Jules Bastien-Lepage, 1879

Posted 8 years, 6 months ago.

Add a comment



Powered by Wordpress
Sliding Doors Wordpress theme designed by Wayne Conner
Creatively Designed Duncan Services