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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73 Courses and Sets

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73 Courses and Sets

  1. (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...
  2. (Set) 36 Big Ideas & The Joy of Ancient History Set

    (Set) 36 Big Ideas & The Joy of Ancient History

    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. Begin by exploring 36 ideas – philosophy, science and more – that have changed the face of civilization. Then, dive into ancient history and hopscotch around the world and across time to experience the fascinating variety of what the past has to offer.
  3. (Set) Minds of the Medieval World & Story of Medieval England Set

    (Set) Minds of the Medieval World & Story of Medieval England

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Explore the people and places of the Middle Ages with this set of two courses. In Great Minds of the Medieval World, you'll meet the philosophers, writers, and thought leaders that shaped this period of history. In your second course, take a more narrow approach by studying England in particular. Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest delivers a fresh level of understanding about medieval...
  4. (SET) Warriors, Queens, and Intellectuals & The Black Death Set

    (SET) Warriors, Queens, and Intellectuals & The Black Death

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    Voyage into the centuries before 1400 with this engaging two-course set. In Warriors, Queens, and Intellectuals: 36 Great Women before 1400, get an unforgettable introduction to the great women—including Boudicca, Lady Murasaki, and Joan of Arc—who helped transform history from the Roman Empire to the Middle Ages. And in The Black Death: The World’s Most Devastating Plague, embark on a fascinating exploration...
  5. (Set) Books that Matter: The City of God & Great Minds of the Medieval World Set

    (Set) Books that Matter: The City of God & Great Minds of the Medieval World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $299.90 Starting at $299.90 $539.90 $299.90$539.90
    This two-course set reveals the intellectual giants of the Middle Ages. Start with the paradoxical life of Augustine as you unpack his masterpiece book by book in Books That Matter: The City of God. Then, continue the investigation into great thinkers including Avicenna, Thomas Aquinas, and more with Great Minds of the Medieval World.
  6. (Set) Books that Matter: The Prince & Great Minds of the Medieval World Set

    (Set) Books that Matter: The Prince & Great Minds of the Medieval World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $299.90 Starting at $299.90 $299.90 $299.90$299.90
    The medieval era was a watershed in Western history. Explore this period of time through the philosophers that defined it with this two course set. Start with Books that Matter: The Prince to get a revealing investigation of the historical context of Machiavelli’s philosophical views. Then, take a compelling journey into the lives of the vanguard thinkers of the Middle Ages with Great Minds of the Medieval World.
  7. (Set) King Arthur & Story of Medieval England Set

    (Set) King Arthur & Story of Medieval England

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Discover fascinating insights about King Arthur and Medieval England in this set of courses. Begin by exploring how the story of King Arthur has become a central myth in Western culture. Then, dive into the heart of medieval England for a one thousand year story dominated by war, conquest, and the struggle between royal power and the rights of the governed.
  8. (SET) Years That Changed History: 1215 & The Black Death Set

    (SET) Years That Changed History: 1215 & The Black Death

    Dorsey Armstrong
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Join expert medievalist and Professor Dorsey Armstrong for a two-course exploration of how the Middle Ages altered the course of history forever. In Years That Changed History: 1215, she introduces you 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. And in The Black Death: The World’s Most...
  9. (Set) The Black Death & The Guide to Essential Italy  Set

    (Set) The Black Death & The Guide to Essential Italy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $569.90 Starting at $569.90 $654.90 $569.90$654.90
    The beauty and intrigue of modern-day Italy is almost as fascinating as its illustrious past. In The Black Death: The World’s Most Devastating Plague, discover how this pandemic helped set the stage for the Renaissance and beyond. In The Guide to Essential Italy, explore Italy’s most historically and artistically compelling sites.
  10. (Set) King Arthur & Mark Twain Set

    (Set) King Arthur & Mark Twain

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
    Explore intriguing connections between King Arthur and Mark Twain in this set of courses. Begin by exploring how the story of King Arthur has become a central myth in Western culture. Next, uncover the stories that Mark Twain told, and discover how he became America’s first celebrity writer – an almost mythical presence in our nation’s cultural life.
  11. (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy & 36 Big Ideas Set

    (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy & 36 Big Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $499.90 $499.90$499.90

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  12. (Set) Minds of Medieval World & Minds of Eastern Intellectual Set

    (Set) Minds of Medieval World & Minds of Eastern Intellectual

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $644.90 $349.90$644.90
    Fill in the gaps in your philosophical education with this set of two courses. In Great Minds of the Medieval World, study the philosophers, writers, and thought leaders of the Middle Ages. Then, in Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition, meet those people who greatly influenced the philosophy and spirituality of the East.
  13. (SET) Warriors, Queens, and Intellectuals & Medieval World Set

    (SET) Warriors, Queens, and Intellectuals & Medieval World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $759.90 $654.90$759.90
    Enjoy unique perspectives on the past with these two 36-lecture courses that, together, add new depth to your overall picture of Western history. Start with Warriors, Queens, and Intellectuals: 36 Great Women before 1400, in which you’ll get an unforgettable introduction to the great women—including Boudicca and Joan of Arc—who helped transform history from the Roman Empire to the Middle Ages. Then, go beyond...