The Story of the Middle Ages

Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)

(4.6 stars; 147 reviews)

Intended for a youthful audience, The Story of the Middle Ages, published in 1906, tells the history of the Middle Ages in simple and entertaining fashion, and helps to explain the influence of the Middle Ages on modern times. Topics covered include the rise of the Christian church, Feudalism, Charlemagne, the Crusades, the Hundred Years' War, and the daily life of peasant, noble, and clergy. (Summary by Kara) (5 hr 31 min)


00 - Introduction 5:32 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
01 - The Ancient Germans 14:48 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
02 - Breaking the Frontier 12:14 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
03 - The Wanderings of the West-Goths 11:25 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
04 - The End of the Western Empire 22:47 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
05 - The Growth of the Christian Church 15:22 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
06 - The Rise of the Franks 20:45 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
07 - Franks and Mohammedans 14:40 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
08 - Charlemagne 20:35 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
09 - The Growth of Feudalism 12:25 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
10 - The Deeds of the Northmen 17:07 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
11 - The First Crusade 21:42 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
12 - Later Crusades 14:52 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
13 - Life of the Castle 18:45 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
14 - Life of the Village and Town 28:05 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
15 - Life of the Monastery 16:41 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
16 - Papacy and Empire 19:07 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
17 - The Hundred Years' War 25:07 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
18 - End of the Middle Ages 19:24 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)


Easy Listening and Teaching

(5 stars)

US-American view on European history of the middle ages being particularly interesting for me as an European. Read with a highly relaxing and pleasant voice.

I live these books

(5 stars)

Kara reads these and other history books so well, that the information is more like a story.

OK story

(3.5 stars)

good descriptions and very educational

Enjoyed it!

(5 stars)

Thank you for this reading!

thank u LibriVox

(4.5 stars)

I loved listening to this several times. Kara reads it excellently like a middle grade teacher of my past. Good selections of History in LibriVox and my devices r full of them. Oh to have had this in my day! Better late than never though. LibriVox I love U ❤️!


(5 stars)

Great book and a very good reading ! thanks !

(5 stars)

Informative and interesting. I think I understand the middle ages better than before :) planning on listening again with my students.

Interesting and pitoresque!

(4 stars)

The book seems to be a classic for kids in English speaking countries. It'a a good overview on the middle ages, even if it is dated and there are some considerations by the author that might sound racist and "ariancentric". By the way I downloaded the book with the double purpose of practicing English while driving to work, and begin preparing an exam in Medieval History at the University. Naturaly the content is not enough to prepare an academic exam, but it's surely great to practice language and refreshing my knowledge of history at the same time! ;-) The speaker, who is a volunteer (thank you very much for that) has an American accent (I'm more used to Queen's English dramatized audiobooks)which is clearly understandable by an Italian speaker (at least that's my case)! So to sum up, interesting book, good recording, very good and generous speaker from Oceanside, California! Thank you again!