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    DescriptionOf 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.

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    The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tom Holland
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 512
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 440 g
    ISBN 13: 9780349119724
    ISBN 10: 0349119724

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25520
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1D
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLC
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3H
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010000, HIS037010
    BIC subject category V2: 3H, 1D
    DC22: 940.146
    Illustrations note
    Section: 24, b/w
    Little, Brown Book Group
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    Publication date
    02 July 2009
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    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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    ** Fast and lively ... another blockbuster Jenny Diski, SUNDAY TIMES ** A mighty narrative of kings and popes, battles and massacres ... A tremendously good read SUNDAY TELEGRAPH MAGAZINE '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 'Holland tells a cracking tale, vividly bringing this neglected era of monks, popes, knights and serfs back to life David Sinclair, TRIBUNE