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    DescriptionIn the 6th century AD, the Near East was divided between two great empires: the Persian and the Roman. A hundred years on, and one had vanished for ever, while the other was a dismembered, bleeding trunk. In their place, a new superpower had arisen: the empire of the Arabs. So profound was this upheaval that it spelled, in effect, the end of the ancient world. But the changes that marked the period were more than merely political or even cultural: there was also a transformation of human society with incalculable consequences for the future. Today, over half the world's population subscribes to one of the various religions that took on something like their final form during the last centuries of antiquity. Wherever men or women are inspired by belief in a single god to think or behave in a certain way, they bear witness to the abiding impact of this extraordinary, convulsive age - though as Tom Holland demonstrates, much of what Jews, Christians and Muslims believe about the origins of their religion is open to debate. In the Shadow of the Sword explores how a succession of great empires came to identify themselves with a new and revolutionary understanding of the divine. It is a story vivid with drama, horror and startling achievement, and stars many of the most remarkable rulers ever seen.


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    Title
    In the Shadow of the Sword
    Subtitle
    The Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tom Holland
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 592
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 486 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780349122359
    ISBN 10: 0349122350
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17430
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF1
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FB
    BIC subject category V2: HRH
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDA
    BIC subject category V2: HRAX
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    BIC subject category V2: 1FB, 3D, 1QDA
    DC23: 939.4
    Illustrations note
    Section: 16, colour photos
    Publisher
    Little, Brown Book Group
    Imprint name
    Abacus
    Publication date
    04 April 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Tom Holland is the author of Rubicon, which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and won the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History 2004; Persian Fire, which won the Anglo-Hellenic League's Runciman Award 2006; and the highly acclaimed Millennium. He has adapted Homer, Herodotus, Thucydides and Virgil for BBC Radio.
    Review quote
    A stunning blockbuster -- Robert Fisk Independent A compelling detective story of the highest order, In the Shadow of the Sword is also a dazzlingly colourful journey into the world of late antiquity. Every bit as thrilling a narrative history as Holland's previous works, [it] is also a profoundly important book -- Christopher Hart Sunday Times Written with flamboyant elegance and energetic intensity, Holland delivers a brilliant tour de force of revisionist scholarship and thrilling storytelling with a bloodspattered cast of swashbuckling tyrants, nymphomaniacal empresses and visionary prophets ... Unputdownable -- Simon Sebag Montefiore The Times