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What Really Happened During the Middle Ages: A Collection of Historical Biographies [Paperback]

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Would you like to be inspired by greatness? Take a peek into the lives of great men and women from times past and see a brighter future on the horizon. This collection of historical biographies presents the lives of ordinary people who accomplished extraordinary deeds during the time of the Middle Ages. Illustrated with stunning portraits, this inspiring compilation of stories describes with historical accuracy and age-appropriate content the quality character and unbending determination of the following figures: St Patrick Eleanor of Aquitaine Empress Theodora Joan of Arc Alcuin Johann Gutenberg Good King Wenceslas Martin Luther Whether read together as a family or alone, What Really Happened?series is an ideal way to acquaint children ages eight to fourteen with historically accurate stories of inspiring individuals who changed our world.

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Pages   222
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2005
Publisher   Morgan James Publishing
ISBN  1933596473  
ISBN13  9781933596471  

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More About Terri Johnson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Terri Johnson is the creator of Knowledge Quest maps and timeline ( Her mission for the company is to help make the teaching and learning of history and geography a breeze and an enjoyable activity for both teacher and students. As a homeschooling mother of five, Terri understands the challenges of fitting it all in and and still retaining that "love for learning" in the midst of the chaos of home life. She has created and published over 15 maps and timeline products. Her Blackline Maps of World History have been widely recommended in the education community and published in The Story of the World history series by Susan Wise Bauer. Terri and Knowledge Quest have won the ?excellence in Education? award granted by The Old Schoolhouse magazine for best geography company two years in a row, 2003 and 2004.

Terri Johnson currently resides in Boring, in the state of Oregon.

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Heroes from the Middle Ages Come to Life  Jul 31, 2008
Biographies were always my favorite books as a kid, but my children prefer stories. As a homeschooler, I'm always looking for fun, entertaining ways for my children to learn--without realizing they're learning! So I was so excited when I got this book because these biographies of Middle Age heroes read like stories, not typical dry recitations of facts about a person's life. The biographies cover St. Patrick, Gutenberg, Joan of Arc, Martin Luther, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Alcuin, Empress Theodora (Justinian's wife), and Good King Wenceslas (that's right, it's not just a Christmas song!). These make a wonderful read-aloud for elementary aged kids; middle schoolers and high schoolers can read them easily on their own. Overall, a wonderful supplement for the study of Middle Age history. We also have "What Really Happened in Ancient Times" and plan to buy "What Really Happened in Colonial Times" because the series is that good.
Great Read Aloud!  Jul 18, 2008
We have really enjoyed this book as a read aloud in our homeschool. History comes alive when we spend time learning about the lives of those who have come before us. It is wonderful to sit snuggled on the couch reading these stories to my children and being transported back to the Middle Ages. For the past couple of years, it has become tradition to read the story of St. Patrick and St. Patrick's Day. History is about people, and this book does an excellent job and bring to life ages that have passed.
Wonderful Resource!  Jul 15, 2008
I love the "What Really Happened..." series of books! Each story is the perfect length for reading aloud in one sitting, and the stories bring to life many of the important people from the time period. "What Happened in the Middle Ages" is a story book, not a book about theology, and it doesn't attempt to sort out all the religious differences of the time period. The stories of St. Patrick, Theodora, Alcuin, Wenceslas, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Joan of Arc, Johann Gutenberg and Martin Luther are presented in an approachable and authentic way that my children and I both enjoy.
Recommended with one caveat  Jul 15, 2008
This book is well written and does liven up a study of the Middle Ages. However, it does pose some problems for Catholic homeschoolers. This is not a book I would hand to my children. As a read-aloud I can use the stories that are wonderful (like St. Patrick) and either skip or adapt the problematic ones.
Interesting  Jul 15, 2008
This book was certainly interesting, and gave various perspectives on people in history. I appreciated the thoughtful and intelligent writing.

One difficulty I have with many writings on some historical figures, especially those from the Catholic church, is the assumption and treatment of these persons as genuine Christians. Perhaps some were, such as Saint Patrick, as only the Lord knows for sure, but when these folks are teaching Roman Catholic dogma and pointing others to the pope and Mary as having the authority and power that only Jesus has, then there is definitely a problem. At the very least, it would be good to include some reasons to wonder about their salvation, based solely on what the Bible teaches, not on someone's opinion.

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