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Millennium the End of the World and the Forging of Christendom Hardcover – January 1, 2008


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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown (2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316732451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316732451
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,769,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A. Thompson on July 12, 2010
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Tom Holland has a knack for writing about interesting topics in an interesting way, something very few people have seemed to find a way to do. I read "Rubicon" by Mr. Holland a few years ago, and while I've always been interested in ancient Rome, I had a hard time finding a book that really captured the subject in a way someone who was not previously schooled in the topic could easily read. The same is true for "Millenium." As someone who has always focused on early US history, it can be hard to transition into a totally different era and region. Tom Holland's writing style, a very fluid narrative, is perfect for someone who knows almost literally nothing about the time period. While I can't speak for someone looking for an in-depth analysis of certain people or events in turn-of-the-millenium Europe, for someone who is not familiar with the time or territory, this book was an excellent and very informing read. Definitely recommended.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By HB8484 on June 13, 2011
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I read Tom Holland's Persian Fire and Rubicon prior to picking up Millennium. I am happy to report that I found Millennium to be in the same engageing style as the two aforementioned books. I found the concept of addressing the rise of Western Europe very interesting, and also very instructive at a time when we in the West are experiencing a bit of economic, social, and thus political turmoil. This book also has a place in exploring the clash between Islam and other (particularly Christian)religions. Exploring the history is always helpful in understading our current situations and problems. I have personally found Tom Holland to be an excellent historian and enjoyed this book very much.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gary Selikow on August 10, 2013
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Tom Holland provides a thoroughly readable history, showing a sharp grasp of the history of the Dark Ages, as well as a passion for his subject. He reviews the history of Europe roughly from 900 CE to 1000.
Always in the background is the alarm about the possible end of the world, Armageddon and the promise of the return of Christ, popularly known as millennial fever, as we saw again in the 1990s and the first few years of the 21st century.

Chapter One , 'The Return of the King' discusses the decline and fall of the Roman Empire, the spread of Christianity, the invasion of the old Roman domain by Germanic and Eastern tribes , the co called 'Barbarian invasions' and the shift from power from Rome to Byzantium.

Chapter Two , 'The Old Order Changeth' charts the building up of the Frankish Empire including West Frankia which would become the Kingdom of France and East Frankia which would become the Kingdom of Germany and the roots of the Holy Roman Empire as well as the 'end of days' fears gripping Europe. It also discusses the development of the church, the Muslim threat to Constantinople and Muslim slave trade in Europe. In the lands invaded and occupied by Muslims, Christians and Jews were either slaughtered (and there was massive genocide in this regard ignored by mainstream liberal historians) or else enslaved, with slaves referred to by Mohammed and his successors as 'human livestock'. Christians and Jews once brought to acknowledge their own subjugation were not to be slaughtered or converted but carefully husbanded, as befitted a valuable resource.
"Tolerance had been carefully set at a price, the extortion of protection money from both Christians and Jews had been laid down by the Prophet as a most solemn duty of the faithful.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Scott Shipman on October 28, 2011
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Mr. Holland does an extraordinarily good job in describing the ebb and flow of power between clans, tribes, and the Church during the years leading up to the first Millenium. Many of the same themes considered then were heard when we entered the second millenium. Holland's book is an very readable account of a period unknown to many. I've ordered his book Rubicon and Persian Fire---this man can write.

Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victor P. Pinzon on May 26, 2012
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Excellent book throughout. Captivating and memorable, history presented with wit and superbly written details. Holland is the best writer of history I have ever experienced.
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