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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70 Courses and Sets

  1. (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 $759.90 Starting at $759.90 $894.90 $759.90$894.90
  2. (Set) Analysis and Critique & Argumentation Set

    (Set) Analysis and Critique & Argumentation

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  3. (Set) Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature & King Arthur Set

    (Set) Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature & King Arthur

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Anyone who loves a good story will appreciate this two-course set that examines some of the most famous stories in history. An award-winning professor guides you through the extremes of fiction in Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature. Then, dive deep into the fiction and facts behind King Arthur: History and Legend.
  4. (Set) The Black Death & Medieval World Set

    (Set) The Black Death & Medieval World

    Dorsey Armstrong
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Dramatically increase your understanding of the Middle Ages with this enriching two-course set. The Black Death: The World’s Most Devastating Plague takes you deep into how the infamous pandemic both destroyed and created civilization. The Medieval World follows European society out of the Dark Ages and shines light on the political, cultural, economic, scientific, and spiritual developments of the time.
  5. (Set) King Arthur and Medieval World Set

    (Set) King Arthur and Medieval World

    Dorsey Armstrong
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Gain a deeper understanding of King Arthur and the world that gave rise to his legend in this set of courses. Begin by exploring how the story of King Arthur has become a central myth in Western culture. Then, explore the medieval world from which the Arthurian legend grew - from the daily lives of peasants to the knights entertaining crowds in wildly popular jousting tournaments.
  6. (Set) Great Minds of the Medieval World & High Middle Ages Set

    (Set) Great Minds of the Medieval World & High Middle Ages

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
  7. (SET) Years That Changed History: 1215 & Story of Medieval England Set

    (SET) Years That Changed History: 1215 & Story of Medieval England

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    What do we owe to the medieval world? Discover the answer in this two-course set that takes you back in time. Start with a powerful introduction to the people, events, and wide-ranging influences of a surprisingly impactful year that saw everything from the drafting of the Magna Carta to the rise of Genghis Khan in Years That Changed History: 1215. Then explore a thousand-year period dominated by war, conquest, and...
  8. (Set) The Black Death & Late Middle Ages Set

    (Set) The Black Death & Late Middle Ages

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Take an in-depth look at one of the most pivotal and influential periods in history. This two-course set including The Black Death: The World’s Most Devastating Plague & The Late Middle Ages introduces you to the Middle Ages and covers all the major events, personalities, and developments that led to the creation of modern European societies.
  9. (Set) How to Publish Your Book & Analysis and Critique Set

    (Set) How to Publish Your Book & Analysis and Critique

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    The perfect resource for professional and casual writers, this two-course set will help you understand the essential elements of writing effectively and getting published. Discover the concepts and methods for clear and strong writing with Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write about Anything. Then learn the insider secrets that will help you improve your chances for publication in How to Publish Your Book.
  10. (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World Set

    (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $399.90 $399.90$399.90
    Learn something new and exciting with this set of collections courses. Start by exploring 36 revolutionary figures that have changed the course of history. Then, dive into 36 books that have played a central role in shaping our culture – from entertaining and instructing to shaping our social mores.
  11. (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
    Take an extraordinary historical journey with this nine-course set, providing an in-depth look at European cultures from the period of the Vikings through the Crusades, and into the late Middle Ages. No matter how much you think you know about European history, this set will introduce you to new people, events, and ideas. A must have for any history buff.
  12. Renaissance & The Black Death Set

    Renaissance & The Black Death

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $674.90 Starting at $674.90 $789.90 $674.90$789.90
    Survey the darkest and brightest centuries of European transformation with this two-course set. Join a master historian for a revealing, comprehensive look at how the European Renaissance revolutionized politics, society, and faith with Renaissance: The Transformation of the West. Continue your examination with an unforgettable excursion into the time of The Black Death: The World’s Most Devastating Plague.
  13. (Set) The Black Death & Story of Medieval England Set

    (Set) The Black Death & Story of Medieval England

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Explore the remarkable story of a tumultuous thousand-year period with this two-course set. The Black Death: The World’s Most Devastating Plague provides a new perspective and insight into the infamous pandemic. The Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest explores a period that laid the foundation of much of the world we know today.
  14. (Set) King Arthur & Heroes and Legends Set

    (Set) King Arthur & Heroes and Legends

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
    What makes an ordinary fictional character into a legend? Uncover that and more in this intriguing set of courses. Begin by exploring how the story of King Arthur has become a central myth in Western culture. Then dive into the characters in history that have become heroes and legends, from Beowulf to Harry Potter.
  15. (Set) Great Minds of the Medieval World & Reason & Faith Set

    (Set) Great Minds of the Medieval World & Reason & Faith

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
  16. (Set)  Great Minds of the Medieval World & The Medieval World Set

    (Set) Great Minds of the Medieval World & The Medieval World

    Dorsey Armstrong
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Gain a thorough understanding of the Middle Ages with this set of two fascinating courses. In Great Minds of the Medieval World, study the philosophers, writers, and other thought leaders that shaped this period of history. Then, in Medieval World, expand your study to include government, geography, social structures, and more.
  17. (SET) Years That Changed History: 1215 & Understanding Imperial China Set

    (SET) Years That Changed History: 1215 & Understanding Imperial China

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Travel back in time and examine key historical moments in the histories of Eastern and Western civilizations in this fascinating two-course set. In Years That Changed History: 1215, get an introduction to the people, events, and wide-ranging influences of a surprisingly impactful year in Western history that saw everything from the drafting of the Magna Carta to the rise of Genghis Khan. Then examine the heart of...
  18. (Set) Becoming a Great Essayist & Analysis and Critique Set

    (Set) Becoming a Great Essayist & Analysis and Critique

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Writing is a powerful way for us to communicate with one another, to share our distinct thoughts and ideas through the power of words. With this two-course set, you can master the craft of writing for any occasion. Becoming a Great Essayist shows you how to approach a flexible and concise form of writing, while Analysis and Critique provides methods for clear and strong writing on any subject.
  19. (Set) The Black Death & The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe Set

    (Set) The Black Death & The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Travel through time to witness the brightest and darkest aspects of the Middle Ages with this rewarding two-course set. The Black Death: The World’s Most Devastating Plague illuminates the full impact and ramifications of the infamous pandemic. The Great Tours: Experiencing Medieval Europe introduces you to the golden ages of 12 of Europe’s most beautiful medieval cities.
  20. (Set) King Arthur and Turning Points in Medieval History Set

    (Set) King Arthur and Turning Points in Medieval History

    Dorsey Armstrong
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $279.90 $279.90$279.90
    Discover fascinating insights into the legend of King Arthur and how it was shaped by turning points in medieval history. Begin by exploring how the story of King Arthur has become a central myth in Western culture. Then dive into an era that was far from “dark” – where learning and innovation flourished, the printing press was created, and the heavy plow was introduced to the Western world – the medieval...