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Professor Thomas F. X. Noble

Professor Thomas F. X. Noble
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Michigan State University
One great scholar said that history was a process of challenge and response. Surely we must ask what challenges remain.

Dr. Thomas F. X. Noble is Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. He earned his B.A. in History from Ohio University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval History from Michigan State University. Professor Noble has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and research grants from the American Philosophical Society. In 2008 he received the Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Teaching from Notre Dame. In 1999 he was awarded the Alumni Distinguished Professor Award and a David Harrison III Award for outstanding undergraduate advising, both from the University of Virginia. Professor Noble is the author, coauthor, or editor of 10 books and has published more than 40 articles, chapters, and essays. His coauthored textbook, Western Civilization: The Continuing Experiment, is in its 5th edition. His research has concentrated on late antiquity and the early Middle Ages, focusing on the history of the city of Rome, the history of the papacy, and the age of Charlemagne.


"Dr. Noble's depth of knowledge and his ability to recall & express it is truly remakable. He surpasses any professor I have had in college, dental school, or residency."


"Thomas Noble is an excellent scholar - Enthusiastic, fair in judgment, keeps our eye on the great themes, and he always provides the right anecdote. He is inspiring."



"Professor Noble was absolutely flawless!  Knowledge of and passion for subject matter evident throughout course in every lecture.  Totally enjoyable experience."

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5 Courses

  1. 36 Books That Changed the World Sale

    36 Books That Changed the World

    Thomas F. X. Noble
    Save up to $215.00
    Can a book actually change history? The answer is, resoundingly, yes. For more than 20 years, The Great Courses has devoted lectures to exploring these transformative books. And with 36 Books That Changed the World, you can now get a single course that collects our best lectures on literary works that shaped the world. It’s a riveting intellectual tour that introduces you to the profound impact of books from...
  2. Foundations of Western Civilization Sale

    Foundations of Western Civilization

    Thomas F. X. Noble
    Save up to $390.00
    You can discover the essential nature, evolution, and perceptions of Western civilization from its humble beginnings in the great river valleys of Iraq and Egypt to the dawn of the modern world. This broad, sweeping series helps you cover an enormous amount of historical material as you see how Western civilization evolved. Concentrating on the period 3000 B.C. to A.D. 1600, Professor Thomas F. X. Noble unfolds for...
  3. Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition

    Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition

    Thomas F. X. Noble
    Starting at $399.95
    From Mesopotamia to Mississippi, from the anonymous writer of the Epic of Gilgamesh to William Faulkner, writing 3,600 years later, many of the greatest figures of Western culture have been its writers. This course is your guide to a rich sampling of their masterpieces, chosen, explained, and analyzed by five outstanding professors. In addition to novelists, poets, and dramatists, you will study historians,...
  4. Popes and the Papacy: A History Sale

    Popes and the Papacy: A History

    Thomas F. X. Noble
    Save up to $185.00
    This course is designed to illuminate for both Catholics and non-Catholics the remarkable institution known as the "Petrine Office." It is taught by Professor Thomas F. X. Noble, director of the Medieval Institute and professor of history at the University of Notre Dame—who has spent more than 30 years immersed in the subject. The insights and wisdom he has gathered along the way make Popes and the Papacy: A...
  5. Late Antiquity: Crisis and Transformation Sale

    Late Antiquity: Crisis and Transformation

    Thomas F. X. Noble
    Save up to $305.00
    Explore the five momentous centuries that link the Classical and Modern worlds in Late Antiquity: Crisis and Transformation. This 36-lecture course, taught by distinguished medieval historian Professor Thomas F. X. Noble, shows you how the fall of the Roman Empire gave rise to three great civilizations: Medieval Europe, the Byzantine Empire, and the Islamic Caliphate. You explore many features of the period between...