Millennium by Tom Holland
The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom

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"With an epic sweep that transports us from the crucifixion to the First Crusade, and from the glitter of Constantinople to the bleak shores of Canada, Millennium is a study of a truly fateful revolution: the emergence of Western Europe for the first time as a distinctive and expansionist power." "It was the age of Otto the Great and William the Conqueror, of Caliphs and Viking sea-kings, of hermits, monks and serfs. It witnessed the spread of castles, the invention of knighthood and the founding of a papal monarchy. Above all, it brought people to dread that the end days might be at hand, and yet also - with an effort so prodigious that it has the power to move us still - to invent themselves anew."--BOOK JACKET.

About Tom Holland

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Tom Holland received a double first from Cambridge. He has adapted Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides and Virgil for BBC Radio. His scholarly style is pefect to reposition him as a writer of non-fiction as well as fiction.
Published January 1, 2008 by Little, Brown. 464 pages
Genres: History, Travel.

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In its great days - the 11th century, the core of Tom Holland's book - it had vast economic weight because the monks were far ahead with agriculture, but for the poor put-upon peasantry, it also meant a point of warmth in a very cold world.

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