Millennium : The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom
by Tom Holland
Editor: Little, Brown Book Group
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Of all the civilizations existing in the year 1000, seeming the most improbable candidate for the future greatness of Western EuropeComparison with the sparkling empires of Byzantium or Islam, the bursting kingdoms on the Atlantic coast appeared impoverished, fearful and backward.But the anarchy of those years has been, not the omens of the end of the world, for many Christians had feared, but rather that of a radically new order.MILLENNIUM is a magnificent panoramic account of the two centuries on either side of the apocalyptic year 1000It was the age of Canute, William the Conqueror and Pope Gregory VII, Vikings, monks and serfs, the oldest castles and the invention of chivalry and the primal conflict between Church and state.The story of how it was forged the distinctive culture of Europe – agitated, creative and dynamic – outside the convulsions of these extraordinary moments is as fascinating and as memorable as anything in history.
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