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Primary Text - For Chronological, Christian, Complete World History!

The Mystery of History Vol II

The Mystery of History Volume II
"The Early Church and the Middle Ages"
by Linda Lacour Hobar

The Mystery of History Volume II picks up where Volume I leaves off with exciting stories of the Early Church and the complex history of Medieval times. Spanning AD 30-1460, this volume includes Vikings and villains, castles and crusades, samurai and shoguns, Dante and Chaucer, and much more. “Chronological, and Complete” – this book can be used by all ages. In addition to 84 engaging lessons, this paperback includes Pretests; Hands-on/Research Activities for Younger, Middle, and Older Students; Memory Card ideas; bi-weekly quizzes and exercises; timeline helps; maps; supplemental book lists; and more. 704 pages. (Though it is recommended that Volume II be studied after the completion of Volume I, it is not necessary. This volume can serve as a stand-alone study of the Middle Ages.)
704 pages

Regular Price: $ 49.95
Author's Reduced Price: $ 42.95






Essential Products - To help you complete a full-course study!
Author's Note: For the completion of mapping assignments found in The Mystery of History, Volume II, the author recommends the Historical Atlas of the World, for all aged students. In addition, you may want to consider WonderMaps, a fantastic digital map program listed under Supplemental Products.


Historical Atlas of the World
Rand McNally's Historical Atlas of the World

As rulers come and rulers go, so the names and the borders of the nations of this world change. The Historical Atlas of the World will provide useful information for students of ancient times, Medieval times, the Renaissance, the World Wars, or recent events in the Middle East. The Historical Atlas of the World presents important periods and turning points in 5,000 years of world history through 48 pages of thematic maps. 

  • Updated to include recent world events
  • Presents major periods of world history through more than 100 bold, colorful maps
  • Thematic maps include literacy, languages, religions, and more.
  • Includes a section on benefits of using the atlas.

This atlas will serve students for many years and through many volumes of The Mystery of History. (Author recommended! )

Price: $ 14.95




Convenience Products - Designed to make teaching easier!

The Mystery of History Vol II

The Mystery of History Volume II
Audio Book (CD Set or Audio Download)

Since the 2004 publication of The Mystery of History, Volume II, students of all ages have enjoyed the fascinating time period of the Early Church and the Middle Ages, from the conversion of Paul (about A.D. 31) to the invention of the printing press (1456).

Now, through this 12-CD audio set (or as a downloadable MP3 file), you can listen to these timeless stories through the voice of the author. With text in hand, you can read along with Linda Hobar as if she is sitting right next to you. Without the text, you can sit back and listen to the stories accompanied by a culturally inspired musical background. With hands free, Younger Students can draw or color as they learn while Older Students can take notes for further discussion. In co-op or Sunday school, in the car or at bedtime - there are endless ways for all ages to benefit from this listening library of world history. Also available on CD (or as a download) is The Mystery of History, Volume I, spanning Creation to the Resurrection of Christ.

(This audio set contains story lessons only and does not include pretests, activities, quizzes, exercises or similar items.)

Total listening time: 13 hours, 58 minutes

Sample of Lesson 37 Charlemagne



Sample of Lesson 47 Otto the First and the Holy Roman Empire



Sample of Lesson 61 Richard the Lionhearted, Saladin and the Third Crusade

12 CD Audio Set
Price: $ 48.95



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History Through the Ages Collection on CD

The Mystery of History Volume II
Printable Reproducibles (CD or Download)

For your convenience, Bright Ideas Press has created a CD (or Digital Downloadable file) of Printable Reproducibles. With this product, you can select and print items from The Mystery of History Volume II that otherwise you would be photocopying from the book for several students. For example, all Pretests, Exercises, Quizzes, Worksheets, Tests, and Maps are here at your fingertips as well as useful items from the Appendix. For the budget conscious, this is not an “essential” product, but is very popular with families teaching multiple children. (Please know that recent prints of this volume have been made with perforated, three-hole punched pages for those who would prefer to take their book apart for photocopying. Our generous copyright allows for it within the confines of your family or co-op.) The CD and the Download are Windows and Mac compatible!

Unsure of which format to choose? We understand and have this suggestion: If you are a computer savvy teacher, choose the Download to save shipping and receive your product within minutes. You’ll be glad you did. But, if you are technically challenged or have children who will be printing their own quizzes, worksheets, and blank maps, choose the CD. It will be easier to use.

The Mystery of History Volume II Printable Reproducibles (on CD) $ 19.95


The Mystery of History Volume II Printable Reproducibles
Price for Single Family Download
$ 19.95
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(Pardon the inconvenience, but when ordering “downloadable” Bright Ideas products, such as the Illuminations, you will be directed to a separate Bright Ideas Press shopping cart requiring additional billing information.)


History Through the Ages

"Resurrection to Revolution" Cardstock Timeline Figures

Detailed pre-made figures of people, places, and events covered in Volume II and many more. Available on cardstock for durability. Each figure is approx. 2" tall and can be duplicated for your timeline.

Price: $ 22.95




Supplemental Products - Designed to enhance your studies!

The Mystery of History Volume II Challenge Cards

The Mystery of History Volume II
Challenge Cards (Download)

“Challenge Cards” are a memory tool made of attractive question-and-answer cards. Specifically designed by Bright Ideas Press, they capture the most important elements of each lesson in The Mystery of History Volume II. Capitalizing on children’s amazing ability to memorize large quantities of information, there are a dozen game ideas included and other suggestions for usage. Each lesson has three questions that give the highlights of “who, what, where, when, and how.” The answer to each question is (usually) a complete sentence that provides context. For example, “Who was Otto I?” is answered as “Otto I (sometimes called “Otto the Great”) became king of Germany in 936 and expanded his empire through war and marriage.” Challenge Cards can be used in combination with the author’s suggested “Memory Cards” (homemade flashcards) or replace them.



Price for Single Family Download: $ 14.95
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The Mystery of History Volume II Coloring Pages

The Mystery of History Volume II
Coloring Pages (Download)

Students of all ages will enjoy these beautifully designed coloring pages made specifically for The Mystery of History Volume II. Each page of the 28-page set has been expertly drawn to capture one week of lessons. (This set goes well with The Mystery of History Audio Book as students can listen and color at the same time!) Now available as a download, you can print multiple copies for your family at one set price. A great value for larger families!

Price for Single Family Download: $ 14.95
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Folderbooks for The Mystery Of History Volume IIThe Mystery of History Volume II
Notebooking Pages (Download)

Created by Stacey Lane, this download contains notebooking pages for each lesson of The Mystery of History, Volume II. The format of the pages varies in creativity. Almost every lesson has ruled pages for taking notes; some pages have maps to help students visualize the lesson; and other pages have space for students to illustrate or diagram the lesson. The included Information Pages may contain questions about the lesson for the student to answer or bullets to help the student take notes. Other pages have Scripture or direct quotes from the book that a student may copy or reflect upon in writing.

There are four categories of pages you may print. Every lesson has one page in each category. Each category comes as a separate PDF file. While your purchase includes all four categories, you'll want to choose which file (or files) you wish to use:

  • Younger Writers.pdf - The pages in this file are on primary paper (3? lined guidelines)
  • Older Writers.pdf - This file is identical to the previous one, except that its pages contain single spaced lines
  • Fill-able Pages.pdf - Type right into these! These pages have the same design as the previous files, except that they have typing fields instead of lines. These are designed so that you can type directly into them and print. You could also print them out as blank pages to use for drawing or coloring.
  • Information Pages.pdf - This folder contains pages with extra information and/or writing prompts.
    Includes 400+ pages 


Price for Single Family Download.........$ 19.95

Click below to link to Bright Ideas Press to purchase your downloadable pages:



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Folderbooks for The Mystery Of History Volume II

The Mystery of History Volume II
Folderbooks (Download)

Folderbooks (also known as Lapbooks™, Shutterbooks, or Project Books) are a visually appealing paper/cardstock keepsake that students can cut, fold, color and assemble as part of their studies. Folderbooks are especially helpful to the visual and kinesthetic learner who better grasp concepts that can be felt, seen, and organized. Folderbooks can be made simple or grandiose depending on the age and interest of the student. Bright Ideas Press Folderbooks (designed by Stacey Lane exclusively for The Mystery of History,Volume II) are:





  • easy to assemble with written directions and photographs of a finished product
  • provide review of lessons contained in the text (additional research is not required)
  • contain quality art work if students color individual pieces or not.


Price for Single Family Full Year Download.........$ 32.00

Click below to link to Bright Ideas Press to purchase your downloadable pages:



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The Mystery of History Volume I Super Suplemental Collection on CD and Download

The Mystery of History Volume II
The Super Supplemental Collection (CD or Download)

Bright Ideas Press has come up with yet another “bright idea.” For convenience and savings, they have streamlined four downloadable products onto one concise CD or downloadable product. This Super Supplemental Collection contains Coloring Pages, Challenge Cards, Notebooking Pages, and a complete Folderbook set. By purchasing these products on one CD, or as a download, you save 34 -39% off the retail price! In either format, this is a great product for busy teachers with multiple students.

Unsure of which format to choose? We understand and have this suggestion: If you are a computer savvy teacher, choose the less expensive Download. You will save on shipping and receive your product within minutes. But, if you are technically challenged or have children who will be printing their own supplemental materials, choose the CD. It will be easier to use and worth a few extra dollars.


The Mystery of History Volume II Super Supplemental Collection (on CD) $ 64.95


The Mystery of History Volume II Super Supplemental Collection
(Price for Single Family Download)
$ 59.95
Click below to link to Bright Ideas Press to purchase your downloadable program:



(Pardon the inconvenience, but when ordering “downloadable” Bright Ideas products, such as the Illuminations, you will be directed to a separate Bright Ideas Press shopping cart requiring additional billing information.)



New Product Release
IlluminationsThe Mystery of History Volume II Cookbook (Download)

The historical recipes in this cookbook follow the chronology of The Mystery of History, Volume 2, taking you on a culinary journey through the cultures and times of the Early Church and the Middle Ages. Take a sensory plunge into history with foods and drinks such as: · masala chai from the Golden Age of India · leeks and carrots in olive oil from the Byzantine Empire · potage of cinnamon from the Frankish Empire · roasted birds with sauce from feudal Europe There is a recipe for each of the 28 weeks of The Mystery of History, Volume 2. Along with ingredient lists and step by step cooking instructions, there are notes about the foods and customs of the period the recipe represents. Includes printable recipe cards and a geographic index!

Price for Single Family Download............$8.99

Cick below to link to Bright Ideas Press to purchase your downloadable cookbook:



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IlluminationsIllluminations Year 2 (Download)

For years, Bright Ideas Press, the publisher of The Mystery of History, has brought you “Practical, Fun and Affordable Resources for Teaching Geography, History, and Science.” Well, Bright Ideas Press has now branched into Language Arts, Fine Arts, and more with the creation of Illuminations Year 2! Using The Mystery of History Volume II as its spine, this complete Language Arts program includes rich and inspiring schedules for Bible, Literature, Humanities, Geography and much more. Designed on two levels (3-8th grade OR high school) Illuminations Year 2 will cover all subjects except mathematics for a Comprehensive, Classical, Christian education.


Finally! An exceptional, re-usable, non-consumable, user-friendly curriculum at a great price.

Illuminations Year 2, (Grades 3-8)............$165.00
Illuminations Year 2, (High School).............$ 95.00
IIluminations Year 2, (3-8 and High School Bundle)............$240.00


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WonderMaps

WonderMaps (CD or Download)


Geography and map skills add richness to any lesson. Whether it’s history, literature, science, current events or Bible, maps play an integral role in thoroughly understanding the topic at hand. With WonderMaps’ made-to-order geography materials at your fingertips, there’s no more skipping map studies due to a lack of preparation time and resources!

What is WonderMaps? It’s a customizable collection of over 350 different maps. With nearly endless possibilities, WonderMaps makes it easy to regularly integrate map study into a variety of lessons and make the most of every learning opportunity.

WonderMaps is designed with easy-to-use layers that allow you to enjoy great customizable features with just a click. Select:

  • historical or modern-day maps
  • outline, reference, political, or topographical maps
  • black-and-white or color maps
  • features including: names, borders, rivers, cities, physical features, and graticules

WonderMaps includes:

  • 60+ maps of the world
  • 60+ maps of the USA
  • 125 historical maps, including 25 biblical maps
  • The complete map sets from The Mystery of History vols. I–III and All American History vols. I & II

Click here to to view a tutorial video on YouTube.


WonderMaps (on CD): $ 49.95


Price for Single Family Download: $ 49.95
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From Paul to the FallFrom Paul to the Fall by Linda Lacour Hobar

This 45 minute workshop CD is a sample of the richest stories found in the first quarter of Volume II of The Mystery of History.   Taped in front of a live audience, Linda Hobar shares highlights from “Paul to the Fall” (of the Roman Empire ) in her own words.  Inspirational and educational.  

Listen to a sample


Price: $ 3.50




Games and More - Designed for challenging fun!


Medieval History Memory Game

Medieval History Memory Game (Two Games in One!)

1. Medieval History Memory (Ages 3 and Up):  Play the classic matching game of concentration. The Player that finds the most matching pairs wins!  This is a fantastic game for ages 3 and older. Your child will become familiar with important historical people, monuments, maps, artifacts, and symbols. This game teaches very basic historical facts, image recognition, and memory skills. The cardboard tiles are sturdy and beautiful. After playing with a very young person, he will be extremely interested to learn more about all the images on the tiles. 

2. Categories (Ages 8 and Up):  This game teaches geography and association skills.  Place four Category Tiles (Europe, The Americas, The Far East, Arabia) at the top of the playing area. Mix up the 64 Matching tiles.  One player says, "Go!" and starts timing. The other player places all tiles under the correct tile. The person with the fastest time wins. For wrong placement, add 10 seconds per tile. This is appropriate for ages 8 and older and requires some knowledge of history.  Follow our instructions page for the Answer Key! 

Click here to download game instructions.

Click here to view the game tiles.

Price: $ 14.95





Medieval History Go Fish Game

Medieval History Go Fish Game (Four Games in One, for Ages 5 and Up!)

This one deck of 50 cards with the answer key teaches the following skills through four fun games: Basic historical facts, Chronology, Geography, Association, and Social Skills required to follow the rules and play games. 

1. Go Fish. Players try to collect all four-of-a-kind cards from twelve geo/political categories (ie. Architecture, Warriors, Royal Power, Castles). The player who captures most sets wins. 

2. Collect the Cards. Players use historical facts (hints) to try and guess the image on the card. If a player guesses correctly, he wins the card.

3. Chronology. Following the Answer Key instructions, shuffle the cards necessary for the chronology game. When one player signals, the other player assembles all cards in chronological order, as fast as he can. The fastest time wins! 

4. Geography. Place these four cards at the top of the playing field: Castle, Quetzalcoatl Temple, Samurai, and Caravan in the Sahara. Shuffle the other cards. When one player signals, the other player assembles all cards as fast as he can under the correct continent each card represents. The fastest time wins! Answer key provided.  

Click here to view the game cards.

Price: $ 11.95






Famous Figures of Medieval TimesFamous Figures of Medieval Times - Movable Paper Figures to Cut, Color, and Assemble (Ages 6-12)

Kings and Queens! Monks! Explorers! Now you can make real moving figures of 10 world-changing individuals from Medieval times like Justinian I, Charlemagne, Richard the Lionheart, Genghis Khan, Marco Polo, and Joan of Arc.  Color your own costumes, or use figures that have already been colored.  Cut them out, put them together with fasteners or mini-brads, and make them move! Standing at 10-13”, artist/designer Cathy Diez-Luckie created each figure true to time period costume and where possible based the figure on authentic mosaics, paintings, and statutes.  Once assembled, students can use these figures over and over again to act out historical events or create their own stories about lords, ladies, knights, and conquerors.  A brief biographical note on each famous person is included in the books, explaining a little about each character.

Price: $ 16.95



MOH2 Certificate of Completion

The Mystery of History Volume II
Diploma (on Cardstock)

Finished Volume II of The Mystery of History? To recognize the achievement of your student(s), you can order a personalized “Certificate of Completion” signed and dated by the author. Each beautifully designed color certificate (there is one for each volume) comes on durable card stock for a lasting keepsake.

Please specify on your Shopping Cart page (under “Notes”) the name(s) of your student(s) and date of completion.

1-3 Certificates: $ 4.95 each
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4 or more Certificates: $ 3.95 each
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Additional Timeline Products - For the long-range planner!

History Through the Ages Collection on CDA Collection of Historical Timeline Figures (CD Set)

Historical Timeline Figures on a 2-CD set. You can print these figures in a variety of ways and sizes, to fit your project. 1,260 figures plus 80 bonus figures!

Windows and Mac compatible
Acrobat Reader Required

Price: $ 74.95




History Through the Ages Timeline Notebook

"Record of Time" Timeline Notebook

A 12" x 9" hard-cover 3 ring timeline binder. 122 pages of 11" x 8.5" horizontal, heavyweight, ivory colored cardstock. There is an additional 17 pages of maps, both ancient and modern world to add to your studies.

Price: $ 39.95




History Through the Ages Suggested Placement GuideSuggested Placement Guide

This guide will help you preview where to place your History Through the Ages Historical Timeline Figures collection. Get a peek at how your timeline will look in the future for planning of annotations and additions.

Price: $ 11.95




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