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Veritas Omnibus II

With Omnibus I, your students explored the events and ideas of the Ancient World. Omnibus II steps into a very different era: The Mediaeval Age, from the times of the early Church fathers to the Reformation. In the Primary book list, students will read books by foundational Church forefathers, like St. Augustine’s Confessions and Luther’s Bondage of the Will, as well as other influential works such as Dante’s Divine Comedy (for this year, students will read only the Inferno), selected Canterbury Tales, and Beowulf. The Secondary book list for Omnibus II is a fun one, including Tolkien’s Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Dorothy Sayers’s Nine Taylors, and Pyle’s MerryAdventures of Robin Hood. For each book, there is an introductory essay explaining the background and basic ideas of the book. This is followed by daily sessions the student can work thorough, consisting of questions, activities, and assignments that help the student learn to understand and communicate ideas thoroughly, eloquently, and from a solid Christian worldview.

Studying the Middle Ages is very different from studying the Ancient World. Omnibus I introduced your students to the pagan world, which is fraught with false philosophies and religions. But with the coming of Christ, the world was exposed to the truth, and began accepting it. The works written in the Middle Ages were written primarily by Christians in a newly-Christian culture. The focus for this year is no longer on refuting pagan philosophies, but on understanding the theology and history of the Church. However, this by no means implies that everything you will read will be the truth. Our Christian forefathers made many mistakes, and we should still read with understanding and critical analysis. But that’s the beauty of reading these works – we can observe the blunders and errors that have been made before us, and consequently avoid them. It’s the privilege of hindsight that Omnibus II takes full advantage of, instructing your students in the history of the Church and helping them hold everything up to the light of scripture.

Table of Contents:

Omnibus guide authors:

Primary Books—First Semester

Stuart W. Bryan
G. Tyler Fischer
William S. Dawson
G. Tyler Fischer

Christopher Schlecht
Gregg Strawbridge
Ben Merkle
George Grant
Primary Books—Second Semester

N. D. Wilson
Peter J. Leithart
Aaron Rench
Matthew S. Vest
Nancy Wilson
Toby Sumpter
Secondary Books—First Semester

Douglas Wilson
Douglas Wilson
Toby Sumpter
O. Woelke Leithart
Bruce Etter
N. D. Wilson
Jared Miller
Secondary Books—Second Semester

Bruce Etter
Douglas Wilson
Peter J. Leithart
Peter J. Leithart
Peter J. Leithart
Douglas Wilson

* As all four of Tolkien's books are used (and the guide doesn't reference page numbers for them), it doesn't matter which version of the books you use. Our default for Hobbit is different than the one Veritas offers in their catalog, but it matches the LOTR set they recommend. If you prefer to choose another set, here are our options:

Note:

The booklist below consists of the editions recomended by Veritas Press, though different (often cheaper) editions of these books are available.

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Beowulf
by Anonymous (translation by Seamus Heaney)
from W. W. Norton and Co.
Medieval Poetic Epic for 8th-Adult
in Medieval Literature (Location: CLT-MED)
$13.56
Bondage of the Will
by Martin Luther
from Baker Academics
for 9th-Adult
in Renaissance & Reformation Literature (Location: CLT-REN)
$16.99
Canterbury Tales
Penguin Classics
by Geoffrey Chaucer (edited by Nevill Coghill)
from Penguin Classics
Medieval Poetry for 8th-12th grade
in Medieval Literature (Location: CLT-MED)
$9.35
Confessions of Saint Augustine
Penguin Classics
by Augustine of Hippo
from Penguin Classics
Autobiography/Devotional Material for 11th-Adult
in Medieval Literature (Location: CLT-MED)
$8.50
Divine Comedy I
Penguin Classics
by Dante Alighieri (translation by Dorothy Sayers)
from Penguin Classics
Medieval Allegory/Poetic Epic for 10th-Adult
in Medieval Literature (Location: CLT-MED)
$12.75
Dragon and the Raven
by G. A. Henty
from Robinson Curriculum
Historical Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in G. A. Henty Books (Location: A06-02A)
$16.96
Ecclesiastical History of the English People
Penguin Classics
by Bede (translation by Leo Sherley-Price)
from Penguin Putnam
Church History for 10th-Adult
in Medieval Literature (Location: CLT-MED)
$12.75
Eusebius: The Church History
by Eusebius & Paul L. Maier (translator)
from Kregel Publications
Church History for 10th-Adult
in Ancient Literature (Location: CLT-ANC)
$22.00 $16.00 (1 in stock)
Eusebius: The Church History
by Eusebius & Paul L. Maier (translator)
from Kregel Publications
Church History for 10th-Adult
in Ancient Literature (Location: CLT-ANC)
$14.44
Fellowship of the Ring
Lord of the Rings Trilogy #1
by J. R. R. Tolkien
from Houghton Mifflin
Fantasy for 8th-12th grade
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: CLT-20C)
$11.86
Henry V
Oxford School Shakespeare
by William Shakespeare & Roma Gill, editor
from Oxford University
Historical Drama for 7th-10th grade
in Renaissance & Reformation Literature (Location: CLT-REN)
$8.46
History of the Kings of Britain
Penguin Classics
by Geoffrey of Monmouth
from Penguin Putnam
Historical Fairy Tale for 10th-12th grade
in Medieval Literature (Location: CLT-MED)
$16.15
Hobbit
by J. R. R. Tolkien
from Houghton Mifflin
Fantasy for 5th-9th grade
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: CLT-20C)
$11.86
King Richard III
Cambridge School Shakespeare Series
by William Shakespeare
from Cambridge University
Historical Drama for 9th-Adult
in Renaissance & Reformation Literature (Location: CLT-REN)
$13.00 $8.00 (2 in stock)
King Richard III
Cambridge School Shakespeare Series
by William Shakespeare
from Dover Publications
Historical Drama for 9th-Adult
in Renaissance & Reformation Literature (Location: CLT-REN)
$2.55
Macbeth
Oxford School Shakespeare
by William Shakespeare & Roma Gill, editor
from Oxford University
Historical Tragedy for 7th-10th grade
in Renaissance & Reformation Literature (Location: CLT-REN)
$8.46 $5.60 (1 in stock)
Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
by Howard Pyle
from Dover Publications
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends for 7th-9th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: A04-01A)
$10.16
Nine Tailors
A Lord Peter Mystery, Book 9
by Dorothy Sayers
from Harcourt
Murder Mystery for 9th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: CLT-20C)
$13.59 $7.60 (1 in stock)
On the Incarnation
by Athanasius
from St. Vladimir's
Ancient/Medieval Theology for 11th-Adult
in Medieval Literature (Location: CLT-MED)
$13.60
Return of the King
Lord of the Rings Trilogy #3
by J. R. R. Tolkien
from Houghton Mifflin
Fantasy for 8th-12th grade
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: CLT-20C)
$11.86
Rule of St. Benedict in English
by St. Benedict & Timothy Fry, editor
from Liturgical Press
Devotional Material for 9th-Adult
in Medieval Literature (Location: CLT-MED)
$2.51
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
by Anonymous, J. R. R. Tolkien (Translator)
from Ballantine Books
Medieval Fairy Tale/Poetry for 8th-Adult
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
$6.79
Song of Roland
Penguin Classics
by Dorothy Sayers, translator
from Penguin Putnam
Medieval Poetic Epic for 10th-Adult
in Medieval Literature (Location: CLT-MED)
$14.00
Western Civilization
by Jackson J. Spielvogel
8th edition from Wadsworth Publishing Company
for 7th-12th grade
in History Spines & Surveys (Location: B02-01D)
$60.00 (1 in stock)
Winning His Spurs
by G.A. Henty
from Robinson Curriculum
for 6th-10th grade
in G. A. Henty Books (Location: A06-02A)
$16.96
Winning His Spurs
by G. A. Henty
from Robinson Curriculum
Historical Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in G. A. Henty Books (Location: A06-02A)
$17.99