The Mystery of History Vol III

The Mystery of History Student Reader, Volume III

The Mystery of History Student Reader, Volume III includes the years of the Renaissance and Reformation, which were great years of growth and change for both the world and the church. It presents the years 1455-1707 through a Christ-centered lens, exploring the backdrop to and significance of major cultural and historical events alongside events in the history of Christianity. Moving through time chronologically, achievements in art, music, literature, science and philosophy are studied using a Classical approach, with an emphasis on reading, writing, research and hands-on activities.

464 pages, full-color illustrations. This curriculum corresponds with The Mystery of History Companion Guide, Volume III which offers various activities, quizzes, tests, reproducible maps, teacher information, and book lists.

The Mystery of History series provides a historically accurate, Christ-centered approach to world history for all ages.

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Beginning with Creation, The Mystery of History four-volume series presents world history in chronological order, covering every corner of the globe.

  • Volume I: Creation to the Resurrection (c. 4004 B.C. – c. A.D. 33)
  • Volume II: The Early Church and the Middle Ages (c. A.D. 33 – 1456)
  • Volume III: The Renaissance, Reformation, and Growth of Nations (1455 –1707)
  • Volume IV: Wars of Independence to Modern Times (1708 – 2014)


The Mystery of History is distinctively written from a Christian worldview. Creation-based and standing on the authoritative Word of God, lessons in The Mystery of History are like pieces of a mosaic that reveal a much bigger picture and tell a much larger story. Together, they point toward God’s redemptive plan for mankind through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


The Mystery of History Student Readers can stand alone for all ages to enjoy. For those who wish to delve deeper, the user-friendly Companion Guides bring lessons to life with multi-age activities, timeline directions, mapping exercises, Memory Card ideas, pretests, quizzes, games, worksheets, tests, film and literature suggestions, and more. It’s easy to use for one student at home, ten in a co-op, or hundreds in a school.


For independent reading, The Mystery of History is written for these reading levels:

  • Volume I, 4th- to 5th-grade reading level
  • Volume II, 6th- to 7th-grade reading level
  • Volume III, 8th- to 9th-grade reading level
  • Volume IV, 10th- to 11th-grade reading level

 However, these reading levels don’t reflect the wide range of ages that can benefit from this curriculum. As a read-aloud, family study, or classroom program, The Mystery of History can accommodate the following:

  • Volume I, grades 1–12
  • Volume II, grades 3–12
  • Volume III, grades 5–12
  • Volume IV, grades 7–12

 Of course, all these guidelines are simply that—our guide. Each student’s readiness can vary to either side of these suggestions. Reviewing our sample pages for each book at our site may be helpful.



“World history is far more than what man has or has not accomplished! From a biblical worldview, history tells us a bigger story, and one that is far grander than man can conceive. His-story is the slow, steady revelation of God to man, and mankind’s mixed response—some bow down to Him, some don’t. But the sovereign plans of the Lord remain the same, as Jesus Christ came ‘to seek and to save that which was lost.’ ” (Luke 19:10)

Linda Lacour Hobar, a native-born Texan holds a bachelor's degree from Baylor University, where she first fell in love with world history. With seventeen years of homeschool experience, seventeen years in ministry groups and church classes, Linda brings a wealth of perspective to world history. As a parent, a missionary, and a teacher, she has a personable writing style that appeals to all ages.

"We love Mystery of History. We used it in a traditional school setting in the past and now use it as part of our full time home school curriculum. It is very thorough and easy to follow. You can do all of the suggested activities or only read and discuss each chapter. Either way your child will learn so much about history from a Christian point of view." - StacyG, Co-op Member
  • The Mystery of History Volume III Student Reader

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    The Mystery of History Volume III Student Reader continues the spectacular and provocative study of world history from the viewpoint of a Christian author. Spanning the Renaissance, Reformation, Exploration, and some early American history, this volume explores the backdrop to and the significance surrounding the time-honored contributions found in art, music, literature, science, and philosophy of this rich era. Discover 84 stirring lessons written by Linda Lacour Hobar in a colorful, easy-to-hold hardback.


  • The Mystery of History Volume III Companion Guide

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    Volume III of The Mystery of History has been divided into two beautiful books! The Student Reader contains engaging lessons from the Renaissance and Reformation and more, while the Companion Guide: Curriculum and Student Activities contains everything else that has made The Mystery of History an award winning, user-friendly curriculum. 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.

  • WonderMaps

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    Discover how much excitement maps and geography will add to your learning experience through the amazing features of WonderMaps 1.2 — You can now edit your maps right on your computer with Adobe Reader!

    WonderMaps has over 300 maps, including:

    • 75 maps of the world
    • 60+ maps of the USA
    • 150+ historical maps, including 30 biblical maps
    • The complete map sets from The Mystery of History vols. I–IV and All American History vols. I & II

    Version 1.2 requires Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (a free download) and 350 MB hard drive space to run properly.

  • The Mystery of History Bundle

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    Mix-and-match products to make your own The Mystery of History bundle!  Starting at $49.95, choose from companion guides, atlases, timeline figures and more.

    From: $102.71
  • The Mystery of History Volume III Super Supplemental Collection

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    ALL of The Mystery of History Vol 3 “Downloadable Extras” bundled into one collection at a huge savings! Includes The Mystery of History Volume 3 Coloring Pages, Challenge Cards, Notebooking Pages and all four quarterly Folderbooks.


  • The Mystery of History Volume III Coloring Pages

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    Students of all ages will enjoy these beautifully designed coloring pages made specifically for The Mystery of History Volume III. 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! Delivered in .pdf file format.

  • The Mystery of History Volume III – Challenge Cards

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    Challenge Cards leverage children’s amazing ability to memorize large quantities of information! These cards capture the most important elements of each lesson in an easy-to-remember format. Included are a dozen game ideas and other suggestions for usage. Challenge cards can be used in combination with the note-taking cards or in substitution.

  • The Mystery of History Volume III Folderbook

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    The Mystery of History Volume 3 Folderbook contains both the mini-books and the directions needed to fold and use them. Try just the first quarter of The Mystery of History Volume III’s four quarters or buy all four—at a substantial savings.

    Students who enjoy working with their hands, who are artistic, creative, or visual will thoroughly enjoy a well-designed, meaningful Folderbook. Additionally, the time spent working together on Folderbooks yields meaningful discussion with your students as they further explore and recall what they have learned!

  • The Mystery of History Volume III Notebooking Pages

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    Included in this download are notebooking pages for each lesson of The Mystery of History Volume III. The format of the pages varies. Almost every lesson has ruled pages for taking notes, some of the pages have maps to help students visualize the lesson, while others have space for the student 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 offer written reflection.

    The four categories of printables for each lesson include: Younger WritersOlder WritersFill-able Pages, and Information Pages .

  • The Mystery of History Volume III CD Audio Set

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    Savor the rich tapestry of stories found in The Mystery of History Volume III read by author Linda Hobar.  Travel through time as you listen to the journey of our world from the Wars of the Roses (1455) to Isaac Watts (1707). Complete and unabridged, this set includes 22 audio CDs with a total listening time of 21 hours 13 minutes.

  • The Mystery of History Volume III Historical Timeline Figures

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    Amy Pak has done it again! Amy Pak, gifted artist and owner of Homeschool in the Woods, has hand drawn over a hundred historical figures to match each and every lesson of The Mystery of History Volume III. These can be used for timelines on a wall, in a notebook, in a lapbook, or merged with Memory Cards. However you choose to use them, you will find these figures a great asset to your studies.

  • HISTORY Through the Ages Timeline Figure CDs

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    Includes all figures from the 4 volumes of HISTORY Through the Ages PLUS 80 bonus figures. Figures are available with either text descriptions or name and date only. They are also available as .pdf pages and individual .gif images and can be resized for a variety of projects. Several search options are available to find the figures you need on the CDs. Figures can be re-sized for use as coloring pages or in other projects. This package is an excellent value!