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Medieval Course

This recommended reading list is based on two assumptions: first, that the class meets twice a week, with more time to read and prepare available for the first discussion than the second. Secondly, this course assumes two 18-week semesters. Educators may tailor these recommendations to fit their own schedules.

Because our mission is to apply the Christian worldview to the great conversation, we begin each year by assigning books designed to encourage students to better understand and apply the Christian worldview. These first few weeks establish an important foundation for students, reminding them that they are responsible for taking every thought captive for Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).


Required Resources

1. Aquinas: The Dumb Ox

2. Art of Courtly Love, The

3. Beowulf

4. Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics, The

5. Canterbury Tales

6. City of God

7. Compact Guide to World Religions, The

8. Deadliest Monster, The

9. Discarded Image, The

10. Essential Erasmus

11. Everyman's Talmud

12. Foxe's Book of Martyrs

13. How the Irish Saved Civilization

14. Imitation of Christ, The

15. Inferno, The

16. Koran

17. Le Morte Darthur

18. Magna Charta, The

19. Medieval Philosophy

20. Murder in the Cathedral

21. Pastoral Care

22. Piers Plowman

23. Prince, The

24. Roots of American Order

25. Selected Writings

26. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

27. Song of Roland, The

28. St. Benedict's Rule for Monasteries

29. Turning Points

30. Utopia

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Reading List

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