The Cathedral of Notre-Dame at Amiens, located north of Paris and built in the 50 years after 1220, offers an extraordinary vision of Gothic space and structure, expressing the zenith of medieval technical prowess. Through film images, digital modeling and animation, these films reveal how the Cathedral is encoded as an image of heaven, the way it was built, and why it nearly collapsed.
disc 1. 1. The classical ideal -- 2. A white garment of churches : Romanesque and Gothic -- 3. The early Renaissance -- disc 2. 4. The high Renaissance -- 5. Realms of light, The Baroque -- 6. An age of reason, an age of passion --
Discusses the history of Western culture from the end of the Graeco-Roman world to the present day. Covers the great works of sculpture, painting, architecture, philosophy, poetry, literature and music from each century covered. Host, Sir Kenneth Clark.
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.B55 B878 2004
A compelling, insightful look at the early years of Francis of Assisi, who abandoned a life of wealth and comfort to seek a spiritual union with the world. (English or French dialogue) (Francis, of Assisi, Saint, 1182-1226)
The life and times of Medieval Europe's most heroic and legendary figure are dramatized in Charlemagne. Intense passions, bloody betrayals and political intrigues surround an extraordinary leader who changes the course of history, and sets aside his own happiness for the greater good. (Charlemagne, Emperor, 742-814)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.D7 C334 2006 v.4
In the 12th century, King Richard the Lionhearted vows to reclaim Jerusalem for Christianity. He marries a princess in order to finance his enterprise, and she joins him in his battle to save the Holy City. (Richard I, King of England, 1157-1199)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.91.F7 J414 2001
Tells the story of Joan of Arc. Part one, Battles, describes her early life, hearing the voices, and the victory over the English. Part two, Prisons, describes her capture, imprisonment, trial, and execution. (French with English subtitles) (Joan, of Arc, Saint, 1412-1431)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.S5 P25 1999
Dramatization of the life of Joan of Arc centering on her trial and execution. (Silent film with French intertitles, optional English subtitles and optional oratorio soundtrack sung in Latin and French) (Joan, of Arc, Saint, 1412-1431)
A drama set in the 13th century concerning a Dominican friar, sent by the Pope to seek out heretics, and a forest woman who performs ancient healing rituals. An historically accurate dramatization of the conflict between ancient customs and religious dogma. (French with English subtitles) (Stephanus, de Borbone, d. ca. 1261)
The story of Hildegard von Bingen, a 12th century Benedictine nun, who was one of the first women to preach and interpret Biblical scripture. (German with English subtitles) ( Hildegard, Saint, 1098-1179)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.D7 A683 2005
Christine Carpenter is a 14th century visionary girl in England, whose passions attract the village priest and an officer. The priest urges her to become an Anchoress (a virgin walled up in the church) and she accepts, attracting pilgrims seeking her advice and healing power.
Set in the Middle Ages, this is a romantic fantasy based on French legend. The Devil sends two envoys to a chateau to intervene in the betrothal between the count and Lady Anne. Since the count and Lady Anne were not truly in love their betrothal is destroyed, but the two emissaries succumb to the powers of love. (French with English subtitles)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.S5 G657 2002
Story is set in medieval Prague. The Rabbi gives life to the Golem who falls in love with the Rabbi's daughter and brings fear to the emperor's court. He is destroyed by an innocent child. Based on the legend of the Golem, a popular figure in Jewish tradition. (Silent with musical score and English intertitles)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.S5 H18 2001
A series of dramatic vignettes to explore the scientific hypothesis that witches of the middle ages and turn-of-the century psychiatric patients suffer from the same type of hysteria. (Silent movie, Swedish intertitles, English subtitles)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.B55 K462 2004
A reluctant leader, Arthur wishes only to leave Britain and return to the peace and stability of Rome. Before he can, one final mission leads him and his Knights of the Round Table to the conclusion that when Rome is gone, Britain will need a leader to fill the void.
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.A3 K464 2005
Balian, a young Frenchman in Medieval Jerusalem during the Crusades, having lost everything, finds redemption in a heroic fight against overwhelming forces to save his people and fulfill his destiny as a knight.
This epic love story set in 14th century Norway. Follows one woman's decision to break with tradition to marry the man she loves rather than the man her father has chosen for her. (Norwegian with English subtitles)
Set in the last days of the doomed quest by Lancelot and the rest of King Arthur's knights for the Holy Grail, this is a tale of the end of the age of chivalry and the death of a dream. (French with English subtitles)
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) PN1995.9.D4 N35 2004
One monk has fallen from a tower, another is found head-first in a vat of pigs' blood. Visiting Brother Sean Connery, investigating the deaths, discovers a secret library containing rare books considered lost to the world and dangerous to the Catholic faith. He must find the connection between the hidden literature and the killings before innocent people are burned at the stake.
v. 1. The birth of the Middle Ages (43:00) -- v. 3. Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire (31:00) -- v. 5. Christians, Jews, and Moslems in medieval Spain (33:00) -- v. 6. Byzantium, from splendor to ruin (43:00)
This program discusses papal reactions to church dissidents. Thirteenth-century fragmentation of religious orders into various sects is examined. Discussions include St. Francis of Assisi; the French Albigenses sect and the Albigensean Crusade; the fall of Albi; the Cathars and their extermination by the inquisition; Pope Innocent III; the founding of the Dominican order; and the Ecumenical Council of 1215.
A unique look at the lives of the common soldier in the countless and continual wars of the Middle Ages. Drawing on ancient accounts of battles, rare artworks, the latest discoveries and groundbreaking scholarship, a complete account of the lot of these overlooked soldiers emerges.
Call Number: HAT AV Video (DVD) DA30 .L48 2006 pt.2
Life in Medieval times. Provides an atmospheric and realistic taste of life in Britain and shows how everyday people endured and enjoyed their often difficult lives. Features authentic reconstructions of everyday life, expert commentary and analysis, and many period engravings, paintings and drawings.
The Digital Scriptorium is a growing image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts that unites scattered resources from many institutions into an international tool for teaching and scholarly research. See the Highlights.
A single volume that contains illustrated manuscripts of Middle High German Minnesang poetry. (Includes all 137 miniatures of the poets from the Codex Manesse (1300-1340) at the Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg)