Christendom: The Complete Reader Set



Old Western Culture: Christendom is a full-year literature and history curriculum for high school students (and above). Hosted by storyteller and veteran teacher Wesley Callihan and other classical educators, learn about the greatest and most influential works in Western Civilization. Learn about St. Benedict, Charlemagne, and Alfred the Great in the first unit, Early Medievals. Discover the real story behind the Crusades in the second unit, The Defense of the Faith. Travel through through Dante’s Divine Comedy in the third unit, The Medieval Mind. And finally, sit down with John Calvin and other Reformers and learn about the Reformation in the final unit, The Reformation.

Roman Roads also offer live classes for Christendom and writing and grading services.

Buy or use your own books

If you already have the required books, you’re set to go. The course material will give you the details on what parts to read and when.

If you’d like to buy the books, here are the selections you’ll be required to read and our recommended books on Amazon:

1: Early Medievals

  • 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
  • Beowulf
  • 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

2: Defense of the Faith

  • Anslem’s ProslogiumMonologiumCur Deus Homo
  • Geoffrey of Monmouth’s History of the Kings of Britain
  • Jacobus De Voragine’s Golden Legend: Lives of Nicholas, Anthony, Agnes, Julianna, Longinus, Patrick, George, Petronilla
  • Geoffrey of Villehardouin’s Conquest of Constantinople and Jean De Joinville’s Life of St. Louis Part 1, Part 2 Chapter 1-4

3: The Medieval Mind

  • Aquinas’ Compendium Chapter 1-15, 72-83, 103-107, 114-117, 127-130, 142-157, 172-184, 241-246
  • Dante’s Divine Comedy

4: The Reformation

Texts and Excerpts Included in this Volume:

Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales (1387-1400)
Boniface VIII, Clericis Laicos (1296) & Unam Sanctam (1302)
Marsilius of PaduaDefensor Pacis 
The Council of Constance, Sacrosancta (1414) & Frequens (1417)
Erasmus of Rotterdam, Julius Exclusus (1517)
Martin Luther, Ninety-Five Theses (1517), Letter to the Christian Nobility (1520), Babylonian Captivity of the Church (1520), & The Freedom of the Christian (1520)
Leo X, Exsurge Domine (1520)
Machael Sattler, The Schleitheim Articles (1527)
Philip Melanchthon, Apology of the Augsburg Confession (1531)
John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion (1536-1559)
The Council of Trent, The Decree of Trent (1545)
Ignatius of LoyolaSpiritual Exercises (1548)
Zacharias UrsinusCommentary on the Heidelberg Catechism (1585)
Church of England, Book of Common Prayer (1559)
John Foxe, Foxe’s Book of Martyrs (1563)
Field and Wilcox, An Admonition to Parliment (1572)
Richard Hooker, The Laws of Ecclesastical Politie (1586-1597)
Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, Amoretti, Epithalimion (1590)

Product Description

Set Includes:

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

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“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 Aeneid 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.

The Historians is 1/2 High School Credit in either literature or history. Each year of Old Western Culture is a double-credit Humanities course which is most commonly broken down into 1 Literature credit and 1 History credit. The double-credit assumes that the student will watch all the videos, read the required reading, answer the daily worksheets, and take 4 exams (one for each unit). 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.


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Weight1.6 kg
Dimensions9 × 6 × 6 in

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