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John M. Kelly Library

Documentaries: Medieval Studies

The Kelly Library collects resources to support the St Michael's College Medieval Studies Program

See also the list of movies set during the Middle Ages

 


Aidan

Aidan

BR754 .A43 A5 1999z DVD
26 minutes
A documentary about St. Aidan, the seventh century Bishop of Lindisfarne. Part of the Memorable Leaders in Christianity series.

Bede

Bede

PA8260 .B4 1999z DVD
26 minutes
A documentary about St. Bede the Venerable, the eighth century monk most famous for his Ecclesiastical History of the English People. Part of the Memorable Leaders in Christianity series.

Byzantium: The Lost Empire

Byzantium: The Lost Empire

DR481 .B99 2007 DVD
2 discs, 200 minutes total
A Learning Channel documentary on the Byzantine Empire, shot on location in nine countries.

Castle

Castle

DA660 .C37 2006 DVD
60 minutes
An introduction to the British castle and its place in medieval life and warfare. Hosted by David Macaulay

Cathedral

Cathedral

NA4830 .C38 2006 DVD
60 minutes
The construction of a fictional but representative Gothic cathedral, showing how the building was shaped by cultural and religious forces. Hosted by David Macaulay

Cuthbert

Cuthbert

BX4700 .C8 C8 1999z DVD
26 minutes
A documentary about St. Cuthbert, the seventh century Bishop of Lindisfarne. Part of the Memorable Leaders in Christianity series.

Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieri

PQ4335 .D3 1998 VHS
24 minutes
A documentary about the medieval Italian writer, focusing on the religious aspects of his work. Part of the Pioneers of the Spirit series.

Teaching Company

Discovering the Middle Ages

CB351 .C66 2001 DVD
2 discs; 12 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

Teaching Company

The Early Middle Ages

D121 .D35 2004 DVD
4 discs; 24 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

Teaching Company

The Era of the Crusades

D159 .H38 2003 DVD
6 discs; 36 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

Gothic Cathedrals

Gothic Cathedrals

NA4830 .G68 1995 VHS
50 minutes
A documentary about the architecture of Gothic cathedrals including Notre Dame in Paris, Notre Dame in Chartres, and the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.

Teaching Company

The High Middle Ages

D119 .D35 2001 DVD
4 discs; 24 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

Hild

Hild

BR754 .H5 H5 1999z DVD
26 minutes
A documentary about St. Hilda, the seventh century Abbess of Whitby. Part of the Memorable Leaders in Christianity series.

Hildegard von Bingen

Hildegard von Bingen in Portrait, Ordo Virtutum

BX4700 .H5 H58 2008 DVD
239 minutes
A production of The Ritual of the Virtues, the oldest surviving European music-drama. Also includes two documentaries about Hildegard, and interviews with Mathhew Fox and Mary Grabowsky.

A History of Britain

A History of Britain

DA1 .H57 2002 DVD
5-disc miniseries, 900 minutes; released 2000-2002.
Written and hosted by historian Simon Schama, this mini-series enlivens British history from its ancient beginnings to the 20th Century, highlighting the epic themes and towering figures that transformed an island "at the edge of the world" into an empire. Directed by Ian Bremner.

Teaching Company

The Italians before Italy

DG417 .B32 2007 DVD
4 discs; 24 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

King Arthur's Britain

King Arthur's Britain

DA 152.5 .A7 K56 2005 DVD
In this three-part series archaeologist Francis Pryor uses the myth of the ultimate British icon King Arthur to explain new discoveries that dispute the traditional view of early Britain as being in the Dark Ages. Instead of anarchy, he describes a flourishing culture enriched rather than crushed by its invaders. He travels to historic sites and uses diagrams and models to make history come alive, demystifying popular legends.

The Knights of St. John

The Knights of St. John

CR4723 .K65 2002 DVD
49 minutes
The 900 year history of the world's oldest order of chilvary, the Knights of Malta.

Teaching Company

Late Antiquity: Crisis and Transformation

D121 .N635 2008 DVD
6 discs; 36 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

Lindisfarne Gospels

Lindisfarne Gospels

ND3359 .L5 L5 1999z DVD
26 minutes
A documentary about this seventh century illuminated manuscript. Part of the Memorable Leaders in Christianity series.

The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance

The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance

DG737.42 .M43 2003 DVD
220 minutes
A documentary about the Florentine family who helped ignite the Renaissance in Italy.

Medieval Europe: Crisis and Renewal

CB351 .R86 1996 DVD
4 discs; 16 (45 minute) lectures
A Teaching Company course. Course description.

Nostradamus, Prophet of Doom

BF1815 .N8 N67 2002 DVD
50 minutes
Examines the prophecies of the medieval physician Nostradamus, interviewing scholars on both sides of the discussion.

Oswald

Oswald

BX4700 .O72 O8 1999z DVD
26 minutes
A documentary about St. Oswald, the seventh century first Christian King of Northumbria. Part of the Memorable Leaders in Christianity series.

Reflections of Glory: The Origins of Byzantine Art

N6250 .R43 1989 VHS
20 minutes
The spiritual and cultural dynamics of early Christianity that gave rise to the art of the Byzantine icon.

Richard the Lionheart and Saladin: Holy Warriors

Richard the Lionheart and Saladin: Holy Warriors

D 163 .H65 2005 DVD
110 minutes; released 2005.
Filmed in the Middle East, this documentary re-creates the heroic encounter between Richard and Saladin. It uncovers a Richard who was as brutal as he was chivalrous, and a Saladin who was revered in the Europe of his day for his mercy towards the crusaders.

The Saints with Sister Wendy

The Saints with Sister Wendy

ND1430 .S23 1997 VHS
60 minutes
British art critic, Sister Wendy Beckett, explores Italian illuminated manuscripts.

Teaching Company

The Vikings

DL65 .H37 2005 DVD
6 discs; 36 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

Wilfrid

Wilfrid

BX4700 .W545 W5 1999z DVD
26 minutes
A documentary about St. Wilfrid, the seventh century Bishop of York who united the Celtic Church with the Apostolic See of Rome. Part of the Memorable Leaders in Christianity series.

Work of Angels?: The Book of Kells

Work of Angels?: The Book of Kells

ND3359 .K4 W67 2000 VHS
60 minutes
Tells the story of this magnificent masterpiece. Created on the windy Hebridean island of Iona thirteen centuries ago, it now rests in the Trinity College library in Dublin. The manuscript has mystified, and motivated writers from W.B. Yeats to James Joyce and Umberto Eco, and its intricate Celtic knotwork continues to influence artists and craftsmen today.

Teaching Company

The World of Byzantium

DF552 .H37 2001 DVD
4 discs; 24 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.