This Yale lecture series covers the years 284 to 1000, the Early Middle Ages, and is free! You can download the MP3s or watch the videos, or read the transcripts, or put your index fingers on your temples and chant “ohmmmm ohmmmm” and I’ll channel the whole thing to you while I sleep.

Lecture 22 covers the Vikings you don’t care for the lead-up to the best part.


Major developments in the political, social, and religious history of Western Europe from the accession of Diocletian to the feudal transformation. Topics include the conversion of Europe to Christianity, the fall of the Roman Empire, the rise of Islam and the Arabs, the “Dark Ages,” Charlemagne and the Carolingian renaissance, and the Viking and Hungarian invasions.

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