The Age of Discovery

Charles Kovacs

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  • This classic resource for the Steiner-Waldorf curriculum has been revised throughout in this new edition
  • Charles Kovacs retells stories of key historical figures from the period of the Age of Discovery including Queen Elizabeth, Joan of Arc and Columbus and makes connections between world events
  • An engaging resource for teachers and home-schooling parents

New revised edition of a classic text featuring stories of key European historical figures from the Crusades to the Renaissance. A helpful resource for teaching Class 7 in the Steiner-Waldorf curriculum.

216 x 138 mm
Floris Books
Steiner-Waldorf Education
144 pages
Publication date:
19 Jan 2023
Waldorf Education Resources
2nd edition


The Age of Discovery was a time of exploration and developing new ideas, when Europeans first travelled across the seas to other lands. 

In his warm and expressive style, Charles Kovacs tells stories of key European historical figures, from the Crusades to the Renaissance, including Saladin, Joan of Arc, Columbus, Magellan, Queen Elizabeth I and Francis Drake, and draws out the interrelation of world events.

This revised edition of a classic text is an engaging resource for teachers and home-schooling parents. This historical period is traditionally covered in Class 7 (age 13-14) of the Steiner-Waldorf curriculum.


'An excellent overview of world history, compiled from Charles Kovacs' copious lesson notes. Throughout, Kovacs is keen to convey to the reader the notion of cause and effect and the inter-relatedness of world events. Any teacher of the 13-year-old age group will find this book an excellent resource.'
-- New View


Charles Kovacs was born in Austria. He left his native country in 1938 at the time of the Anschluss and joined the British Army in East Africa. After the War, he settled in Britain, and in 1956 he took over a class at the Rudolf Steiner School in Edinburgh, where he remained a class teacher until his retirement in 1976. He died in 2001. His extensive lesson notes have been a useful and inspiring resource material for many teachers. He is the author of Parsifal and the Search for the Grail (Floris Books 2002) and Ancient Greece (Floris Books 2003).

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