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Famous Men of the Middle Ages

Addison B. Poland and John H. Haaren

Book Overview: 

The famous men of ancient and modern times are the mountain peaks of history. It is logical then that the study of history should begin with the biographies of these men.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . me in the path of life."

The hermit thought for a few moments, and then said, "O King, I see you a famous conqueror, the master of many nations. I see you going from country to country, defeating armies and destroying cities until men call you the 'Fear of the World.' You heap up vast riches, but just after you have married the woman you love grim death strikes you down."

With a cry of horror Attila fled from the cave. For a time he thought of giving up his idea of becoming a great man. But he was young and full of spirit, and very soon he remembered only what had been said to him about his becoming a great and famous conqueror and began to prepare for war. He gathered together the best men from the various tribes of his people and trained them into a great army of good soldiers.

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Community Reviews

This 1904 publication is essentially designed for teaching children history, but that doesn't mean to say adults should ignore it. It offers extended summaries, rather than in-depth detail, of thirty famous men - and one woman (Joan of Ark) - of the Middle Ages.

Each chapter also covers other promin

33 biographies sketch significant characters from the stream of European history during the Middle Ages. Some people are not Europeans, but impacted European history, such as Tamerlane (Mongolian), Mohammed, (Arabian) and other Muslim leaders (Harun-al-Rashid), and the barbarians (Attila the Hun, Al

Read aloud to Jeremy

A children's book on historical figures with sadly much outdated, incomplete and sometimes incorrect information. The 31 chapters are mostly sketches of achievements, be it famous or infamous, by historical figures from either Europe or Asia. The personas are rarely delved into.
Odd mistake: when Tam

Niesamowicie wartościowa ksiązka, napisana ponad sto lat temu, została napisana jako podręcznik do nauki historii dla młodzieży. Wielka szkoda, że nie doczekała się tłumaczenia na język polski.

Dzięki tej książce poznajemy ważne dziedzictwo historyczne Europy, ale nie tylko Europy.

Historie średnowiec

I read this in preparation for my son’s schooling next year using Heart of Dakota’s Resurrection to Reformation.

I thoroughly enjoyed the biographical nature of this book. It is lavishly illustrated, which adds to the interest of it. The biographies are long enough to give a good bit of information

Supplemental reading for homeschool history. Adequate but not amazing.

Not the best history book I've ever read but it was easy to follow. It was also pretty basic so reading more books with it helped a lot.

I read the hardcopy of this version, it was quite helpful to get a bird's eye view of several famous men (and one woman -Joan of Ark) from the Middle Ages. I liked the illustrations, and the biographical information is written in short story form. So it was interesting for the kids to hear.

Short introduction to 33 famous men from Middle Ages, intended for school children but good enough to refresh your memory about time, area & achievements of these men.
Missing clearly are eastern philosophers, scientists and generals like Avicenna, Averros, Umar, Saladin and many more, understandably

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