A.D. 1000: A World on the Brink of Apocalypse
It is the onej-thousandth year of Christianity. The end of the millennium is fast approaching, and with it the nightmare visions of Armageddon and the Apocalypse. Europe is wracked by war, famine, carnage,a nd pestilence. Madness plagues the continent.
Tracing the career of briliant visionary Pope Sylvester II, Richard Erdoes has composed a vivid tapestry of a century frigh...more
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Erdoes fashions his story about one Gerbert, a French peasant priest who became the brightest intellect in Post-Roman Empire Europe and who later became Pope. Erdoes welcomes us to an age fraught with superstition, violence, poverty, famine, and social conflict – an age most people of ...more
Sadly it is a bit dated in that the author perpetuates the myths of spices being desired for spoiled meat and the propensity of medieval folk to relieve themselves wherever the need came upon them. People in the Middle Ages did not eat spoiled food anymore than modern peop ...more