The World's Story 2: The Middle Ages (Download)

The World's Story 2: The Middle Ages (Download)


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Downloadable, full-color student textbook from our World's Story 2 (Set) featuring engaging narrative and beautiful historic illustrations, photographs, maps, and cultural connections.

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SKU K094-9
Manufacturer Master Books
Weight (in lbs) 0.00
Title The World's Story 2: The Middle Ages (Download)
Subtitle The Fall of Rome Through the Renaissance
Series The World's Story
Volume in Series 2
Contributors Angela O'Dell
Publisher New Leaf Publishing Group, LLC

A Charlotte Mason inspired Journey Through World History!

The World's Story 2 guides students in a trip around the world as they study history from the Fall of Rome to the Renaissance.

In The World's Story 2, your student will:

  • See God's guiding hand through history
  • Study the major events of the Middle Ages and delve into how society and culture developed and changed
  • Study Church history of this period
  • Study medieval civilizations spanning the whole globe, including the Byzantines, Anglo-Saxons, Muslims, Chinese, Japanese, Mongols, Mughals, Vikings, Normans, Russians, Songhai, and Aztecs
  • and so much more!

Exciting, interactive stories!

The World's Story 2 brings history alive for students in an exciting way! Through engaging, conversational narrative, O'Dell interacts with students and draws them in to imagine the adventures, hardships, failures, and triumphs of the incredible events and civilizations that shaped Middle-Age world history.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1. The Fall of Rome
  • 2. The Rise of the Church
  • 3. England’s Angles and Saxons
  • 4. Medieval Irish Christianity
  • 5. The Culture of the Medieval Period
  • 6. The Rise of Islam
  • 7. The Franks and Charlemagne
  • 8. Medieval Chinese History
  • 9. Korea and Japan
  • 10. The Khans, Genghis and Kublai
  • 11. The Gupta & Mughal Dynasties of India
  • 12. The Vikings and Their Escapades
  • 13. Medieval Chivalry and Drafty Castles
  • 14. The Crusades
  • 15. Lionheart, Lackland, & the Magna Carta
  • 16. The Black Death’s Horrible Rampage
  • 17. Wars and Roses of 14th-Century England
  • 18. The Good & Bad of Ferdinand & Isabella
  • 19. The Mighty Ottoman Empire
  • 20. Vlad Tepes, Ivan the Terrible, & More
  • 21. The Dawn of the Renaissance
  • 22. The Art of the Renaissance
  • 23. The Reformation Arises
  • 24. The Counter-Reformation Reacts
  • 25. Henry VIII and His Six Wives
  • 26. Henry’s Daughters
  • 27. Africa During the Middle Ages
  • 28. The Americas During the Middle Ages
  • Bibliography
  • Index
Good book, just not for us
Review by AJ
This is a good book, just not for us. My son couldn't follow and ended up not finishing.
History for the family
Review by Kari
World's Story 2 has been our favorite history so far in 10 years of homeschooling. The short, effective, and comprehensive lessons have our family talking about what we learned over and over.
Great Series
Review by Ariasil
My kids haven't used these yet but I have enjoyed going through them myself. Just like with America's Story, I love all the illustrations within these books it makes it so much more interesting and real.
The World's Story 2
Review by Heather
Coming from a Charlotte Mason writing style, I appreciate this student textbook for its quality of content, illustrations and overall approach to the "fall of Rome through the Renaissance." This book covers 28 chapters and can being used as a stand-alone or purchased with the teacher's guide, which also includes student worksheets, for a complete curriculum set.

As a parent, I feel I'm re-learning history with our children in a more significant way. I love history and Angela O'Dell's history texts have a way of making history feel more alive. She puts stories in context and relates events to both the time period they occurred in and helps readers to relate past events to current day happenings.
Engaging Narration with Beautiful Pictures
Review by Theresa
This is a beautiful, and engaging, book. I appreciate the short, restful, length of each chapter. The colored pictures, and maps are so helpful, and fun. Most of the lessons take place within Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia (where so much was happening); but this is an international text, that also has chapters on Africa, and the Americas.

I also appreciate the author’s honesty and humility regarding the mistakes of the church (forced conversions, violence, etc.) during this era. These darker topics are covered gently, briefly, and are prefaced with a loving spirit—so important for the younger ages (late elementary to middle school). It is similarly written from a Christian perspective—highlighting that the gods of certain cultures are false, and continuously drawing the line of truth within the text. Some of the devotional thoughts that come out amidst the stories are especially precious. For instance, there is wisdom about not camouflaging our faith, even in the face of persecution, as with the Kakure Kirishitan in Japan, who ended up with a Buddhist and Shintoist practices mixed permanently into their Christianity.

The storytelling style of writing makes this curriculum enthralling and relevant. It could easily become a high school curriculum with additional reading and writing supplemented to each lesson.

If you are looking for a light narration of history from a Christian perspective, this is an excellent series (we’ve also enjoyed World’s Story 1: the Ancients). It could be used either with or without the Teacher’s Guide, but is a complete course with both books.
Love this History Series
Review by Christina
Having home schooled for 8 years now, I have used a few history curriculums and this is a winner! My kids and I love this Charlotte Mason approach! The pictures are fantastic. I love how this program has combined bible and history together in a well flowing, easy to understand writing style. If you are looking for a thorough, interesting, easy to use history curriculum this is an excellent choice.
Review by April
This textbook has totally changed my children’s interest in the Middle Ages. We were using a different, very popular, text and my kids were bored to tears. We found this, and my kids are loving it. It has wonderful illustrations and pictures, the writing is clear and engaging. It really goes in depth while still holding my children’s attention. We love it!
Absolutely Beautiful
Review by Nikki
This book is absolutely beautiful. I very much enjoy the conversational writing style and the narration breaks. This is a perfect fit for the Charlotte Mason style homeschooling family.
Absolutely Beautiful
Review by Nikki
This book is absolutely beautiful. I very much enjoy the conversational writing style and the narration breaks. This is a perfect fit for the Charlotte Mason style homeschooling family.
Engaging and Beautiful
Review by Dawn
I love that this book is written in a style that makes it much more engaging than a traditional text book. The pictures and illustrations are phenomenal. It also includes God and his word with-in the context of history. The maps are great as well. Rather than lots of dry questions there are 'narration breaks' where the student/s can narrate what they have learned so far to check for understanding. I believe this is a lovely curriculum. I do think it is important to note that you will need the teachers manual to get the activities and project ideas to round out this program.

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