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

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Little, Brown Book Group, Apr 21, 2011 - History - 512 pages
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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 radical 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.

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Review: Millennium: The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom

User Review  - Palmyrah - Goodreads

This is an action-packed overview of an era when the Dark Ages were just becoming the Middle Ages. The author does a heroic job of helping the reader distinguish between the various mailed thugs ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kenny Taylor - Goodreads

The time period is interesting and Holland illuminates it well. I like Holland's writing - accessible history based on the narrative. Focusing on certain figures and running for a chapter or two ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

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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