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The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe (Transcript)

479 pages


The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe is the companion book to the audio/video series of the same name. It contains a full transcript of the series as well as the complete course guidebook which includes lecture notes, bibliography, and more.

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