Christendom: Early Medievals DVD

By: Roman Roads Media


Christendom: Early Medievals, The Growth of European Christianity, introduces students to life in the Middle Ages from a Christian perspective. Students will read about the military exploits of the Eastern Roman Empire under the emperor Justinian as chronicled by Procopius, the last great historian of the Roman world. Learn how the development of monasticism preserved learning and culture after the fall of the Roman Empire, contrary to Enlightenment assumptions. Learn about the central role that Irish Christianity played in the spread of the gospel through the lives of St. Patrick, Bede, and others. Enjoy the timeless tales of Beowulf, Alfred and Great, and the origins of Arthurian legend that have shaped the Anglo-Saxon imagination for centuries.


Early Medievals:

  1. Historical Overview of Christendom
  2. Benedict’s Rule and Monasticism
  3. Transition to the Middle Ages
  4. Procopius and Gregory
  5. Maximus the Confessor
  6. Celtic Christians
  7. Beowulf
  8. Bede I: Early History of England
  9. Bede II: The Coming of Christianity
  10. Bede III: The Confirming of Christianity
  11. Lives of Charlemagne and Alfred
  12. John of Damascus

Early Medievals Book List

The Rule of Saint Benedict
Procopius’ Wars of Justinian 1.24, 4.9
Gregory of Tours’ History of the Franks 1.36-48, 2.27-43, 6.46
Gregory the Great’s Dialogues Book 2
Gregory the Great’s Book of Pastoral Rule Book 1, 2
Confessions of St PatrickLetter to the Soldiers of Coroticus
Adomnan of Iona’s Life of St Columba
The Voyage of Brendan
Selections from Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People Book 1, 2, 4, 5
Eihard’s Life of Charlemagne Introduction and Section 9-29
Asser’s Life of Alfred
John of Damascus’ The Fount of Knowledge Preface; On Heresies Section 101; On the Orthodox Faith 1.8, 2.2-6, 3.2-6, 4.11-13, 15-17

Product Description

Related Products:

Christendom: The Complete Set

Christendom: Early Medievals Set
Christendom: Defense of the Faith Set
Christendom: Medieval Mind Set
Christendom: The Reformation Set

The Greeks: The Complete Course
The Romans: The Complete Course

Christendom: Early Medievals DVD
Christendom: Defense of the Faith DVD
Christendom: Medieval Mind DVD
Christendom: The Reformation DVD

Christendom: Early Medievals Reader
Christendom: Defense of the Faith Reader
Christendom: Medieval Mind Reader
Christendom: The Reformation Reader

Christendom: Early Medievals Workbook
Christendom: Defense of the Faith Workbook
Christendom: Medieval Mind Workbook
Christendom: The Reformation Workbook

“Old Western Culture” is a literature curriculum named after a term coined by C.S. Lewis to describe the fabric of ideas that shaped Western Civilization. For centuries, a “Great Books” education lay at the heart of what it meant to be educated. It was the education of the Church Fathers, of the Medieval Church, of the Reformers, and of all the Founding Fathers of the United States.
– It is a CLASSICAL EDUCATION, based on the great books of western civilization.
– It is a CHRISTIAN EDUCATION, which sees the history and literature of the West through the eyes of the Bible and historic Christianity.
– It is an INTEGRATED HUMANITIES CURRICULUM, bringing together literature, history, philosophy, doctrine, geography, and art.
– It is a HOMESCHOOL oriented curriculum, made by homeschoolers with the needs of homeschooled in mind, including flexibility, affordability, and ease-of-use.
We bring a master-teacher into your home and encourage parents to gain an overview of Western Civilization themselves by watching the video lessons with their children.

Old Western Culture is a video course. It is built around a master teacher, Wes Callihan. With decades of teaching experience, he guides students through the story of Western civilization. The Historians contains 12 video lessons (approx 30-40 min each).
Each lesson begins with a brief review before jumping into summary, commentary, analysis, and inter-disciplinary connections of the works covered. After each lesson, students complete the assigned readings and answer comprehension questions in the Student Workbook or online workbook.

Wes Callihan is a master story teller! With a remarkable ability to communicate a passion for history and literature, he makes profound ideas accessible, relevant, and interesting. Also known for his distinctive “rabbit trailers,” forays into funny and obscure historical anecdotes, which have a way of showing up at the dinner table. (After all, rabbit trails are “hooks for the imagination and memory.”) Wes Callihan is a true classical scholar, fluent in both Latin and Greek. He lectures only from the notes in the margins of his worn copies of the Great Books. “Meet him” through THIS VIDEO TOUR of his personal library, which doubled as a mini-lecture!

Old Western Culture is intended for mature and discerning students. We recommend this course for ages 14 and up. The course will deal with mature themes such as paganism, sexual immorality, battle scenes (mostly in actual reading), and classical paintings. Old Western Culture is meant to equip your child with a Biblical lens from which to process these themes. We assume your child has a working knowledge of the Bible and basic Christian doctrine.

This a robust course academically, and requires a fair bit of reading. Wesley Callihan will coach your student on how to approach the reading in the video. The average daily reading load is 30-40 pages.
As an “integrated humanities” course, Old Western Culture will constantly be incorporating history, literature, theology, philosophy, art, and art history, all through the eyes of the Great Books.

Additional Information

Weight .3 kg
Dimensions 5 × 8 × .75 in

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