Video Lectures for Volume III

About Course

Volume III Lectures offer students streaming pre-recorded lectures by Linda Lacour Hobar for every lesson of The Mystery of History Volume III: “The Renaissance, Reformation, and Growth of Nations.” Each lecture is approximately 10-25 minutes long; contains slides to bring history to life; and is filled with factual and inspirational material that goes beyond the Student Reader. (The lectures were not designed to replace the Student Reader, but to enhance it.)



  • Affordable, flexible access to award-winning history material
  • Suitable for multiple ages (though best suited for 7th grade and up)
  • Viewable through a streaming service to avoid download storage issues
  • Unlimited access for as long as the lectures are current and in demand


Materials Needed:

  • The Mystery of History Volume III (Student Reader and Companion Guide)
  • Students wanting to complete the mapping exercises found in the Companion Guide will need:
    -Rand McNally’s “Historical Atlas of the World”
    -Rand McNally’s “World Atlas—Know Geography”



  • These lectures are streaming; they are not a download. So, we recommend a good internet connection for uninterrupted viewing.
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What Will You Learn?

  • With a biblical worldview of history, Linda Lacour Hobar, the author of The Mystery of History, will guide your student(s) into a meaningful look at the artists, reformers, explorers, philosophers, kings, emperors, and scientists of the 15th-17th centuries that still influence our world today. As Linda writes, so she teaches with passion, warmth, and concern for historical accuracy.
  • If families follow the self-guided options in our Companion Guide, students will additionally be challenged with pretests, mapping exercises, timelines and/or memory cards, research projects, literature, quizzes, semester tests, and more to complement all learning styles.

Course Content

Week 1 | Semester I | Quarter 1
Semester I – The Renaissance and Reformation Quarter 1 – The Age of Rebirth (1455–1521)

  • Lesson 1. The Wars of the Roses (1455–1485)
  • Lesson 2. Cosimo de’ Medici and the Rise of the Italian Renaissance (1464)
  • Lesson 3. Ferdinand, Isabella, and the Spanish Inquisition (1469)

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

Week 7

Week 8 | Quarter 2
Quarter 2 – The Age of Reform (1522–1572)

Week 9

Week 10

Week 11

Week 12

Week 13

Week 14

Week 15 | Semester II | Quarter 3
Semester II – The Growth of Nations | Quarter 3 – The Age of Reason (1572–1632)

Week 16

Week 17

Week 18

Week 19

Week 20

Week 21

Week 22 | Quarter 4
Quarter 4 –The Age of Resolve (1632–1707)

Week 23

Week 24

Week 25

Week 26

Week 27

Week 28