Inside the Medieval Mind (BBC)

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History Documentary hosted by Robert Bartlett, published by BBC in 2008 - English narration

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Professor Robert Bartlett presents a series which examines the way we thought during medieval times. To our medieval forebears the world could appear mysterious, even enchanted. Sightings of green men, dog heads and alien beings were commonplace. The world itself was a book written by God. But as the Middle Ages grew to a close, it became a place to be mastered, even exploited.

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To our forebears, the world could appear mysterious and even enchanted, with sightings of green men, dog heads and alien beings commonplace. But as the Middle Ages grew to a close, it became a place to be mastered, even exploited.

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Bartlett unearths remarkable evidence of the complex passions of Medieval men and women. The Church preached hatred of the flesh, promoted the cult of virginity and condemned woman as the sinful heir to Eve. Yet this was the era that gave birth to the idea of romantic love.

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Our forebears believed they shared the world with the dead and that angels and demons battled for control of human souls. As the church's grip on our beliefs increased, men and women were dragged before religious courts and multitudes were killed in the name of God.

[edit] Power

Bartlett lays bare the brutal framework of the medieval class system, where inequality was part of the natural order, the life of serfs little better than those of animals and the knight's code of chivalry more one of caste solidarity than morality. Yet a social revolution would transform relations between those with absolute power and those with none.

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  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4.1
  • Video Bitrate: CRF 19 (~3090Kbps)
  • Video Resolution: 1280x720
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Frame Rate: 25 FPS
  • Audio Codec: AAC-LC
  • Audio Bitrate: Q=0.45 VBR 48KHz (~132Kbps)
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Run-Time: 58 mins
  • Number Of Parts: 4
  • Part Size: 1.33 GB (average)
  • Source: HDTV (upscaled)
  • Encoded by: JungleBoy

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  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC
  • Video Bitrate: 1872 Kbps
  • Video Resolution: 960x540
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Frame Rate: 25 FPS
  • Audio Codec: AAC
  • Audio Bitrate: 128 Kbps ABR 48KHz
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Run-Time: 58 mins
  • Number of Parts: 4
  • Part Size: 830 MB
  • Source: PDTV
  • Encoded by JungleBoy

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