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Of 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 birth pangs 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.

©2008 Tom Holland (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

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  • 29-11-19

Excellent book

Lovely take on the 200 years either side of the year 1000, and the story it draws from comparative analysis is intriguing and compelling.

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Narrator very poor. I wiil be returning this title very disappointed very monotone making it very uninteresting on such a great subject. Poor.

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Tom Holland makes history accessible to all

like many people I was put of history at school when decades ago it was taught in such a dry and dreary way. Yet I was interested and curious in history so thought I'd try as an adult to revisit what I'd missed in my school years. Tom Holland is an engaging writer who makes history real and accessible. His writing is obviously factual but also witty , wry and humorous I'll definitely be looking for more of his books. The narrator Mark Meadows brings this great book to life with his wonderful style of reading.

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fascinating from start to finish

Loved it! so much in such a short span of history. Working from home!

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  • 17-02-21

Hate the narrator

I love Tom Holland. But this narrator just spoiled the second book for me. Over the top performance and stoping at all the wrong places just to breath. Such a pity!