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Millennium The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom

by Tom Holland

Millennium The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom Synopsis

Of all the civilisations existing in the year 1000, that of Western Europe seemed the unlikeliest candidate for future greatness. Compared to the glittering empires of Byzantium or Islam, the splintered kingdoms on the edge of the Atlantic appeared impoverished, fearful and backward. But the anarchy of these years proved to be, not the portents of the end of the world, as many Christians had dreaded, but rather the birthpangs of a radically new order. MILLENNIUM is a stunning panoramic account of the two centuries on either side of the apocalyptic year 1000. This was the age of Canute, William the Conqueror and Pope Gregory VII, of Vikings, monks and serfs, of the earliest castles and the invention of knighthood, and of the primal conflict between church and state. The story of how the distinctive culture of Europe - restless, creative and dynamic - was forged from out of the convulsions of these extraordinary times is as fascinating and as momentous as any in history.

Millennium The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom Press Reviews

'Holland tells a cracking tale, vividly bringing this neglected era of monks, popes, knights and serfs back to life * David Sinclair, TRIBUNE * 'At last, a book that sheds much-needed light on those 1,000 years between Roman Britain and the Norman conquest that we call the dark ages * Sue Arnold GUARDIAN * ** A mighty narrative of kings and popes, battles and massacres . . . A tremendously good read * SUNDAY TELEGRAPH MAGAZINE * ** Fast and lively . . . another blockbuster * Jenny Diski, SUNDAY TIMES *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780349119724
Publication date: 2nd July 2009
Author: Tom Holland
Publisher: Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 512 pages
Categories: European history, Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500,

About Tom Holland

Historian Tom Holland has adapted Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides and Virgil for BBC Radio. RUBICON was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and won the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History 2004, and PERSIAN FIRE won the Anglo-Hellenic League's Runciman Award 2006.

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