The Mystery of History Volume II, 2nd Edition

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The Mystery of History Volume II, 2nd Edition, Student Reader
The Mystery of History Volume 2 is now a colorful hardcover textbook, featuring a digital Companion Guide download, giving you access to hundreds of pages of new and improved literature lists, mapping exercises, activities, quizzes, and more. And you will still find much of the same award-winning content as was found in the first edition. Written in a conversational style for elementary through high school students, The Mystery of History can also be used as a read-aloud with younger children. What appeals to us most about this program is its worldwide approach to history.

Teaches History from the Early Church through the Middle Ages
The Mystery of History Volume 2 provides a historically-accurate, Bible-centered approach to learning about the Early Church and the Middle Ages from Pentecost to the printing press! The completely chronological lessons span the continents to shed new light on who walked the earth when God revealed Himself to mankind during this pivotal period of history.

Eighty-Four Lessons
The Mystery of History's user-friendly format presents three lessons per week with hands-on activities, quizzes, tests, a weekly timeline, mapping assignments, and supplemental reading and resource list. Volume I is not a prerequisite but is highly recommended.

From the Publisher:
Volume II, in the words of the author:

The Mystery of History Volume II (AD 30 – 1456) picks up where the story of Volume I leaves off – at the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the first lesson I address Acts 1:8 with the promise of the Father to send the Holy Spirit. It is called the Day of Pentecost. From there, the history of the Early Church really begins. It is not an easy history to digest. It was amid trials, persecution, and martyrdom that the magnificent story of Jesus Christ spread.

In Volume II, I expand on the fall of the Western Roman Empire and the Dark Ages that followed. This text delves into...

  • the chivalry of knights and damsels, kings and queens, and the peasants who faithfully served them
  • Vikings and villains; castles and crusades; and the poetry of Dante and Chaucer
  • the life of Mohammed and the spread of Islam
  • the rise and fall of dynasties in Japan and China
  • the Coptic (Egyptian) Church and Great Zimbabwe in the south
  • the rituals of the Aztecs and the gold of the Incas in Peru
  • the peoples of New Zealand and Greenland, on opposite ends of the earth, as they emerge into our view of world history.

  • All along the way, Volume II of The Mystery of History pauses to hear the voice of God as He speaks through missionaries like Columba, St. Patrick, and Cyril. Students will learn of the struggles within the Medieval church as it grows, expands, and threatens the authority of emperors and kings. I ended this volume with the tragic death of Joan of Arc, the fall of Constantinople, and the invention of the printing press that helps spread the Word of God across Europe.

    You won’t find these significant and amazing stories packaged together just anywhere. I’ve done the research for you so that you and your students are free to absorb this history and explore the untold mysteries in between.
    The new edition offers 3 major improvements:
  • For durability: the book is now a hardback — matching the popular layout of The Mystery of History Volumes I, III, and IV.
  • For interest: more than 400 beautiful color images and dozens of colorful maps were added — handpicked by the author to be edifying and historically accurate. (Hundreds of fact-filled captions are included!)
  • For convenience: the book contains a download code to access a 500+ page digital Companion Guide containing pretests; activities for younger, middle, and older students; timeline directions; mapping exercises; quizzes; literature suggestions; and much more — allowing you to customize this course to suit your needs. (A printed version of the Companion Guide will soon be released as a separate purchase for those who would prefer it.)

  • Eighty-Four Lessons
  • Teaches History from A.D. 30 - A.D. 1460
  • Multi-Age Activities
  • Supplemental Reading and Resource List
  • Memory Helps
  • Timeline Suggestions
  • Reproducible Worksheets
  • Tests
  • Review
  • Answer Key

  • Publisher's Information
    Author: Linda Lacour Hobar
    Binding: Hardcover
    Publisher: Bright Ideas Press
    Made In:
    Bible translation:
    New King James
    ISBN: 9781892427458
    Faith-Based: Yes

    Awards and Endorsements:
    The Old Schoolhouse 2013 Excellence in Education Winner
    1st Place in Middle School History—Teach Them Diligently Family Favorites Award (2020)
    1st Place in Middle School History—The Old Schoolhouse Excellence Award (2019)
    Teach Them Diligently Family Favorites Award (2019)
    Reader’s Choice—Best Homeschool History Resource (2012)
    Mary Pride’s “Practical Homeschooling Reader Award” (2009)
    A “Top Back to Homeschool Resource Award” (2009)
    Cathy Duffy’s “100 Top Picks”

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 17 reviews

    My son is enjoying this course! I've been reading it aloud to him so I get to enjoy it also!

    The Mystery of History Volume III

    My kids absolutely LOVE the Mystery of History! My son has done every year of it and my daughter is working through it, and loves it just as much.

    Engaging History!

    My son has always liked history but now he loves it and wants to do History first. This history is engaging even for reluctant learners. We even like Volume II even more than we liked Volume I. :)

    Fun History Lessons

    We have used all the Mystery of History Books and love them! The lessons are easily read by the student (which is helpful to a busy momma) and the activities are separated by age, which is also helpful. There are also map pages and time line work if you so choose to do them. Great course!

    Mystery of History Vol 2

    My girls love this curriculum! After using Vol 1 last year, they asked to use it again this year. History has not been a favorite subject for them in the past. Mystery of History has changed that!