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Book Title: Millennium: The End Of The World And The Forging Of Christendom|
The author of the book: Tom Holland
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Date of issue: July 2nd 2009
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In AD 900, few would have guessed that the splintering kingdoms of Europe were candidates for future greatness. Hemmed in by implacable enemies and an ocean, there were many who feared that they were nearing the time when the Antichrist would appear, heralding the world's end.
Instead there emerged a new civilisation. It was the age of Otto the Great and William the Conqueror, of 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. It was a momentous achievement: for this was nothing less than the founding of the modern West.
'Holland turns his brilliant narrative spotlight on the so-called "dark ages"... Global in reach, this book sweeps thrillingly over the troubled centuries that saw the triumph of Byzantium, the ascent of Island - and the lingering siaster of the Crusades'
Boyd Tonkin, Books of the Year, Independent
'It is perfectly right for Holland to claim a great deal for the eleventh century, of which his book is a spendid, highly coloured canvas'
Norman Stone, Guardian
'I relished the blood and thunder narrative - the work of a great storyteller at his best'
Dominic Sandbrook, Books of the Year, Evening Standard
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Read information about the authorAn acclaimed British author. He has written many books, both fiction and non-fiction, on many subjects from vampires to history.
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Holland was born near Oxford and brought up in the village of Broadchalke near Salisbury, England. He obtained a double first in English and Latin at Queens' College, Cambridge, and afterwards studied shortly for a PhD at Oxford, taking Lord Byron as his subject, before interrupting the post graduate studies and moving to London.
He has adapted Herodotus, Homer, Thucydides and Virgil for BBC Radio 4. His novels, including Attis and Deliver Us From Evil, mostly have a supernatural and horror element as well as being set in the past. He is also the author of three highly praised works of history, Rubicon, Persian Fire and Millennium.
He is on the committee of the Society of Authors and the Classical Association.