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Professor Dorsey Armstrong, Ph.D.

Professor Dorsey Armstrong
  • Purdue University
  • Duke University
Every turning point in the medieval world discussed in these lectures shifted the flow of the river of history, bringing us ever closer to the modern world.

Dr. Dorsey Armstrong is Associate Professor of English and Medieval Literature at Purdue University, where she has taught since 2002. The holder of an A.B. in English and Creative Writing from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Medieval Literature from Duke University, she also taught at Centenary College of Louisiana and at California State University, Long Beach. Her research interests include medieval women writers, late-medieval print culture, and the Arthurian legend, on which she has published extensively, including the 2009 book Sir Thomas Malory's Morte Darthur: A New Modern English Translation Based on the Winchester Manuscript and Gender and the Chivalric Community in Sir Thomas Malory's Morte d'Arthur, published in 2003. In January 2009, she became editor-in-chief of the academic journal Arthuriana, which publishes the most cutting-edge research on the legend of King Arthur, from its medieval origins to its enactments in the present moment. Her current research project-Mapping Malory's Morte-is an exploration of the role played by geography in Malory's version of the story of King Arthur.

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  1. Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write about Anything

    Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write about Anything

    Dorsey Armstrong
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    Discover the concepts and methods for clear and strong writing in the 24 accessible and practical lectures of Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write about Anything. Delivered by Professor Dorsey Armstrong of Purdue University, this course immerses you in the elements of successful writing, from organizing your thoughts to making persuasive arguments to avoiding common grammatical errors. With its engaging...
  2. King Arthur: History and Legend Sale

    King Arthur: History and Legend

    Dorsey Armstrong
    Save up to $190.00 Starting at $44.95 $79.95 $44.95$79.95
    The saga of King Arthur and his court is the most enduringly popular mythic tradition of Western civilization. For over 1500 years, the Arthurian narrative has enthralled writers, artists, and a limitless audience spanning the Western world and beyond—and its appeal continues unabated in our time. Delve into the historical mystery behind the figure of Arthur, and discover the magnificent breadth of these epic...
  3. Medieval World Sale

    Medieval World

    Dorsey Armstrong
    Save up to $275.00 Starting at $49.95 $99.95 $49.95$99.95
    What was it like to live during the Middle Ages? Find out with The Medieval World, which offers you a different perspective on this period: one that entrenches you in the experiences of everyday men and women. Medievalist and Professor Dorsey Armstrong draws on history, literature, the arts, technology, science, and more for this 36-lecture tour that will expand your understanding of both the Middle Ages and...
  4. Great Minds of the Medieval World Sale

    Great Minds of the Medieval World

    Dorsey Armstrong
    Save up to $190.00 Starting at $44.95 $79.95 $44.95$79.95
    The medieval era was a time of extraordinary advances in numerous fields of knowledge ranging from philosophy and theology to science, medicine, literature, and economics—as well as of revolutionary developments in education and the birth of the university. This fascinating epoch was not only a time of great innovation, it was the era in which the seeds of the modern West were sown. In the 24 lectures of Great...
  5. 36 Books That Changed the World Collection

    36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    Since the development of written language, books have played major roles in the world: Entertaining. Instructing. Inspiring. Even changing the course of history. Now, with 36 Books That Changed the World, a fascinating Great Courses Collection crafted from our extensive library of courses, take a riveting tour of the profound impact of books from thousands of years of history and from civilizations around the globe.
  6. Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas Collection

    Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    The Great Courses has introduced millions of lifelong learners to some of the biggest ideas out there. Enjoy a collection of 36 lectures specially curated from some of our most popular courses and get a fresh learning experience in a wide range of disciplines. Religious writings that may have been forged; a universal template of world myths; the science of tasting colors—Join us for an intriguing tour of big ideas!
  7. Turning Points in Medieval History

    Turning Points in Medieval History

    Dorsey Armstrong
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $179.95 $129.95$179.95
    The Middle Ages were far from dark. On the contrary, the era was full of fascinating figures and world-altering events. Learning and innovation flourished, with the printing press, Arabic numerals, and the heavy plow all being introduced into Western society during this time. Yet despite these developments exerting far-reaching influence over the course of history, few people have a firm grasp of the medieval...
  8. (Set) The Secret Life of Words & Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write about Anything  Set on sale

    (Set) The Secret Life of Words & Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write about Anything

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $478.00 Starting at $75.90 $151.90 $75.90$151.90
    Study how and why language changes, and discover the concepts and methods for clear and strong writing in this dynamic course duo that immerses you in the origins, evolution, and engaging uses of English. In The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins, get a delightful, informative survey of English, from its Germanic origins to the rise of globalization and cyber-communications. And in Analysis and...
  9. (Set) Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History & Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write about Anything  Set

    (Set) Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History & Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write about Anything

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $454.90 $219.90$454.90
    Learn how to give persuasive public speeches and write compelling copy with this two-course set that will help you communicate better and with greater confidence in speech and the written word. In The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History, Professor John R. Hale gives you personal pointers and time-tested techniques used by some of the greatest figures in history to deliver powerful,...
  10. (Set) Your Guide to Using English Set on sale

    (Set) Your Guide to Using English

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $902.90 Starting at $137.90 $236.90 $137.90$236.90
    Get a lively and practical guide to effective uses of English in this course foursome that will help you be more logical, engaging, and persuasive in both speech and writing. In Writing Creative Nonfiction, explore the entire process of writing creative nonfiction, from brainstorming for the perfect idea to getting your final product noticed by literary agents and publishers. In Argumentation: The Study of Effective...
  11. (Set)  Turning Points in Medieval History & 1066 Set

    (Set) Turning Points in Medieval History & 1066

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.90 Starting at $199.90 $264.90 $199.90$264.90
  12. (Set) Turning Points in Medieval History & Early Middle Ages  Set

    (Set) Turning Points in Medieval History & Early Middle Ages

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $359.90 $259.90$359.90
    Gain new insight into the realities and legacy of the Dark Ages in this intriguing two-course set. First, in The Early Middle Ages, you'll discover what findings modern archaeology has unearthed and look into the fascinating personalities and events of this once-lost era. Then, in Turning Points in Medieval History, you'll explore the moments and fascinating figures that profoundly changed the arc of history and...
  13. (Set) History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective & Medieval World  Set

    (Set) History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective & Medieval World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
  14. (Set) Analysis and Critique & Argumentation Set

    (Set) Analysis and Critique & Argumentation

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  15. (Set) Experiencing the Middle Ages  Set

    (Set) Experiencing the Middle Ages

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $2,774.55 Starting at $2,774.55 $2,774.55 $2,774.55$2,774.55
    What was it like to live during the Middle Ages—one of the most important, yet most often overlooked, periods in the history of the Western world? Now you can find out with these Great Courses. Guided by expert medievalists and dynamic professors, you'll travel back in time and relieve some of the most intriguing moments from the years between A.D. 300 and 1500. Whether you're watching the rise of the...
  16. (Set)  The Fall of the Pagans & The Medieval World Set

    (Set) The Fall of the Pagans & The Medieval World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
  17. (Set)  Turning Points in Medieval History & High Middle Ages Set

    (Set) Turning Points in Medieval History & High Middle Ages

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $359.90 $259.90$359.90
  18. (Set) Writing Creative Nonfiction & Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write about Anything  Set

    (Set) Writing Creative Nonfiction & Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write about Anything

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    This immensely practical two-course set will help improve your writing of the stories that you want to share with others as well as anything else that requires analytical and persuasive writing. Explore the entire process of writing creative nonfiction, from brainstorming for the perfect idea to getting your final product noticed by literary agents and publishers, in Professor Tilar J. Mazzeo's Writing Creative...
  19. (Set)  The Skeptic's Guide to Great Books & Analysis and Criti Set

    (Set) The Skeptic's Guide to Great Books & Analysis and Criti

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $314.90 $219.90$314.90
  20. (Set)  Effective Communication Skills & Analysis and Critique: Set

    (Set) Effective Communication Skills & Analysis and Critique:

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  21. (Set) Medieval World & Experiencing Rome: A Visual Exploration of Antiquity's Greatest Empire  Set

    (Set) Medieval World & Experiencing Rome: A Visual Exploration of Antiquity's Greatest Empire

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $749.90 Starting at $749.90 $749.90 $749.90$749.90
    Embark on unforgettable, in-depth journeys through two of the most important eras in the history of Western civilization with this course set. Find out what it was like to live during the Middle Ages with The Medieval World. Then, travel back even farther and learn how ancient Rome communicated civic and cultural values to its citizens with Experiencing Rome: A Visual Exploration of Antiquity's Greatest Empire.
  22. (Set) Era of the Crusades & Medieval World Set

    (Set) Era of the Crusades & Medieval World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
  23. (Set) Building Great Sentences; Analysis and Critique; & Art of Reading  Set

    (Set) Building Great Sentences; Analysis and Critique; & Art of Reading

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $389.85 Starting at $389.85 $764.85 $389.85$764.85
    Hone the way you think about, write, and read with this three-course set. In Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft, learn how to build and appreciate elegant and informative sentences. In Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write about Anything, explore all the vital elements of successful writing. And in The Art of Reading, learn tools and techniques that will make future reading experiences...
  24. (Set) Guide to Better Communication  Set

    (Set) Guide to Better Communication

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $479.80 Starting at $479.80 $964.80 $479.80$964.80
    Learn how to communicate effectively on a personal level, handle conflict, give persuasive public speeches, and write compelling copy with this four-course set that will help you communicate better and with greater confidence in speech, negotiations, and the written word. Effective Communication Skills is your chance to learn more about how you communicate verbally, the common problems you can encounter in doing so,...
  25. (Set)  Early Middle Ages & Medieval World Set

    (Set) Early Middle Ages & Medieval World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
  26. (Set) Turning Points in Medieval History & Medieval World  Set

    (Set) Turning Points in Medieval History & Medieval World

    Dorsey Armstrong
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $449.90 $329.90$449.90
  27. (Set) The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe & Medieval World  Set

    (Set) The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe & Medieval World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Travel through time to the golden ages of 12 of Europe’s most beautiful medieval cities in The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe. Evocative location footage will make you feel as through you’re experiencing the sights and sounds in person! Then, don your armor for The Medieval World and see the Middle Ages from the fascinating perspectives of those who lived in that era.
  28. (Set) Analysis and Critique & Building Great Sentences Set on sale

    (Set) Analysis and Critique & Building Great Sentences

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $385.00 Starting at $61.90 $124.90 $61.90$124.90
    Transform yourself into a stronger, more confident writer with the helpful concepts and strategies in this two-course set delivered by masters of the craft. First, immerse yourself in the elements of successful writing—from organizing your thoughts to making persuasive arguments to avoiding common grammatical errors—in Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write about Anything. Then, in Building Great...
  29. (Set)  Analysis and Critique & Optimizing Brain Fitness Set

    (Set) Analysis and Critique & Optimizing Brain Fitness

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
  30. (Set) Medieval World & Vikings  Set

    (Set) Medieval World & Vikings

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Draw connections between the experiences of medieval Europeans and Vikings in this dynamic two-course set. Find out what life was like for everyday men and women during the Middle Ages with The Medieval World. Then, in The Vikings, explore the important role that these warriors, artists, merchants, poets, and kings played on the world stage.