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Course Registration No. SOC-015


Part I of II: 18-week course plan using Christ the King; Making of the West; How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization;  Rule of St. Benedict; Bulfinch’s Mythology (selections); Murder in the Cathedral; and The Canterbury Tales (selections).




Christ the King, Lord of History: A Catholic World History from Ancient to Modern Times

  • Author: Anne Carroll
  • Publisher/Copyright: Rockford, IL: TAN Books, 1994. Print.
  • ISBN: 0895555034        978-0895555038
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474 pages; 31 lessons; comprehension questions and projects ideas for each chapter; index. Grades 7 - 10. Used as the guiding narrative for many of the high school courses. Keep it in your home library until all of your children have graduated.


Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures: A Concise History: Volume I to 1740, 2nd Edition

  • Author: Lynn Hunt, et al.
  • Publisher/Copyright: Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2006. Print.
  • ISBN: 0312439458        978-0312439453
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ORDER BY ISBN NUMBER. "Making of the West" is a SECULAR, lower division college text that is used in St. Thomas Aquinas Academy's U.S. Studies IA, Greek Studies I & II, Roman Studies I & II, and European Studies I & II courses. Note that this is the CONCISE version of the textbook. While the page numbers will not line up exactly, the 3rd edition of the CONCISE version will work just as well as the 2nd edition of the CONCISE version. regularly has used copies available for 25-75% off the new price. 607 pages.


How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization

  • Author: Thomas E. Woods Jr
  • Publisher/Copyright: Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2005. Print.
  • ISBN: 0895260387        978-0895260383
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280 pages.


Rule of St. Benedict, The

  • Publisher/Copyright: : Doubleday/Image Books, 1975. Print.
  • Translator: Anthony C. Meisel and M.L. del Mastro
  • ISBN: 0385009488        978-0385009485
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Introduction, prologue, 73 chapters, notes.


Bulfinch’s Mythology (out-of-print Avenel Books/Gramercy/Crown Publishers edition) [ORDER USED]

  • Author: Thomas Bulfinch
  • Publisher/Copyright: New York: Avenel Books/Crown Publishers, 1979. Print.
  • ISBN: 0517274159        978-0517262771
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Hardback; excellent glossary. Any edition will do, but this is our favorite.



Bulfinch's Mythology (Modern Library Classics)

  • Author: Thomas Bulfinch
  • Publisher/Copyright: : Modern Library Classics, 1998. Print.
  • ISBN: 0375751475        978-0375751479
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888 pages. We prefer the out of print Avenel Books/Crown Publishers edition (ISBN 0517274159). If the Avenel Books/Crown edition is not available used in good condition for less than $17.00, order the Modern Library Classics edition.


Murder in the Cathedral

  • Author: T. S. Eliot
  • Publisher/Copyright: New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1963. Print.
  • ISBN: 0156632772        978-0156632775
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Any edition will do. 96 pages.


Canterbury Tales, The

  • Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Publisher/Copyright: New York: Penguin Classics, 2003. Print.
  • Translator: Nevill Coghill
  • ISBN: 0140424385        978-0140424386
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528 pages.



Canterbury Tales, The

  • Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Publisher/Copyright: New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1948, 2001. Print.
  • Translator: R.M. Lumiansky
  • ISBN: 0671727699        978-0671727697
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This is a modern prose translation that is less poetic than the Nevill Coghill translation. The STAA course plans reference the Coghill translation but the Lumiansky translation can easily be used in its place.



Song of Roland, The

  • Publisher/Copyright: New York: Penguin Classics, 1957. Print.
  • Translator: Dorthy L. Sayers
  • ISBN: 0140440755        978-0140440751
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208 pages.