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Millennium: Έτος 1000: Η Ευρώπη στο κατώφλι των σύγχρονων καιρών

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Η Ευρώπη το έτος 1000 μ.Χ. Τι είχαν απογίνει τα υπολείμματα της Ρωμαϊκής Aυτοκρατορίας, και τι σχέσεις διατηρούσαν με το Βυζάντιο, ποιες οι ισορροπίες ανάμεσα στην κοσμική εξουσία, τους βασιλιάδες και τους αυτοκράτορες, και τον Πάπα; Ο αναγνώστης θα ανακαλύψει πολλά ευρήματα που θα του επιτρέψουν να αντιληφθεί πώς διαμορφώθηκε η Ευρώπη στη συνέχεια και πώς φτάσαμε ώς το σή ...more
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Published December 2009 by Ωκεανίδα (first published 2008)
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Guy
Dec 02, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
The two centuries from 900 to 1100 were a fascinating time in Europe. Somehow the centuries of chaos and decay after the fall of Rome were brought to an end and a dynamic and expansive Europe was born. This book attempts to tell the tale of those years and (according to the author in his Preface) to identify some of the key factors that contributed to Europe's rise. "Attempts" being the operative word: the telling is stylistically flawed, and the key factors insufficiently analyzed and structure ...more
Terri
I had my ups and downs with this book, but all in all I enjoyed it. If you are into history, then this is really only a retelling of everything you already know from 900AD to 1100AD with some history of religion and religious houses thrown in. Whilst I am very familiar with England's history during this phase, along with the Saracen's and the Northmen, I did learn much about France and the Wends and the Hungarians. Good book. It made me want to try another of Holland's books. I think I'll try Pe ...more
Justin Evans
A classic example of the 'don't expect Barolo when you're drinking Vinho Verde' class; this is airplane history and as such quite successful- easy to read and rollicking tales, backed up by little analysis and couched as a tendentious and quite frankly pointless 'argument.' All you need to know about this book can be learned from the titles: in Australia and the UK, it's called 'Millennium: The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom.' In the U.S., it's called 'The Forge of Christendom: ...more
Sean DeLauder
The best histories tend to have a solid theme and narrow focus. With Rubicon and Persian Fire Holland captured this technique admirably. With Millennium, he may have bitten off more than he could chew, at least in a mere 400 pages.

The work deals primarily with the centuries prior to the year 1,000 AD, a momentous year by the accounts of this book, filled with foreboding about the loosing of Satan and the Anti-Christ upon the world for the next thousand years, and the solidification of Christiani
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TAB
Oct 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now that was a history book. As a fierce crusader for fictiondom all my life, this book shook my literary faith to its core. Well organised and superbly written, non-fiction or history like this stand above the rest.

I received this book as a present from my future wife for Christmas one year after she had seen me take great pleasure in The Silmarillion and in watching Ken Follet's Pillars of the Earth miniseries. I can't say I was thrilled when I opened the present as well what can I say it was
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Gary
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 decl
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Tom Ippen
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**UPDATE**
You know what? I read through half of this one a year and a half ago, and it just wasn't what I was looking for. I was in more of a "raw data" mood back then, but I just gave it another shot, and it grabbed me. I was hooked throughout the whole thing.

This is a book I would HIGHLY recommend for people who are interested but not well-versed in medieval Europe. It clips along at a good pace, and does a great job of profiling major players while staying grounded in the context of the 10th
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F.R.
Dec 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have previously read, and was highly impressed by, Tom Holland's previous historical books 'Rubicon' and 'Persian Fire'. (I also read The Vampyre - his Byron as a bloodsucker novel, which wasn't so great.)

In this book he looks at the pre-millennial angst that took place at the end of the first millennium, where it was widely assumed that the Antichrist would return (SPOILER ALERT: He doesn't.) Holland then uses it as an exploration of how Christinaity spread across Europe and relations between
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Gary Butler
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
18th book read in 2014.

Number 335 out of 362 on my all time book list.

Follow the link below to see my video review:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oz3O6...
Mechelle
Oct 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So interesting. I learned so much from this book. I was so disappointed when I finished it to not be able to read anymore.
Gumble's Yard
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Brilliant account of European history around the last millennium – with a particular interest in how people’s fear/faith of a millennium apocalypse in some form interacted with and sometimes shaped historical events. The key initial contention (although one not really covered thereafter) is that Pope Gregory’s successful attempts (which form a large part of the end of the book) to gain independence for the Roman church from the politicians (especially those of the Holy Roman Empire) developed Ch ...more
April
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
I've been looking for a paper copy of this book for the better part of a year, and I have to say, having finally laid my hands on one, that it did not disappoint. Having previously read In the Shadow of the Sword, this functioned very much as a companion book for me.

In Millennium, Holland chooses to recount mostly the growth of the Christian faith in Europe over the course of the first millennium, although he does take the time to talk about Al-Andalus, the Fatimid caliphate, and Constantinople
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Jerry-Book
Millennium The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom by Tom Holland
Millennium: The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom
By Tom Holland

This is an interesting overview of the millennium, the year 1000. Many thought the year 1000 or the year 1033 was the year of the Second Coming of Christ. There is an interesting cast of characters. There is Emperor Henry III of Germany who was so religious he refused to laugh and reportedly went to mass five times a day. There is Harold Hartrader (hard-ruler). He went from an officer in the Varangian guard in Constant
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Doug
Aug 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Takes a while to get moving, but when it does it is extremely engrossing. This is a subjective history with a clear thesis - that millennial angst shaped the period of 900-1100 CE, and that this period was a turning point in the Christian West.

He makes his point lucidly and with style, and a clear feeling for the individuals who made the history in this period. He has a clear sympathy, but very spare admiration, for these people - mostly violent, egotistical, obsessive, greedy and vain very few
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Katharine
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, history
As a huge admirer of Tom Holland's earlier books "Rubicon" and "Persian Fire" I came to this one with high expectations, which it didn't quite meet. The theory behind the book, that many of the changes of the 10th and 11th centuries were caused by the idea that the Millennium heralded the coming of the end of the world, was fascinating and I learnt a great deal about the history of the Holy Roman Empire and its conflict with the Papacy. Add in the rise of castle building in France, the influence ...more
EvilNick
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
As an antidote to all those books that appeared in 1999, sensationalising the end of the previous millennium and the idea that everyone thought the world was going to end, it tries to piece together the social and religious upheaval across Europe of the period 900-1100. In doing so, it mostly reinforces the idea that only some people thought the world due for imminent destruction. Unfortunately this small group of doom-believers tending to coincide with the small group of people who were general ...more
Carlos
Feb 11, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesantes hechos sobre el cambio del papel de la Iglesia en los albores del siglo 11. Muy bien explicada la evolución del imperio otomano desde los bárbaros francos.

Sin embargo, Holland tiene un estilo recargadísimo que va poco con el libro y hay interpretaciones sociales que están demasiado ancladas en una visión actual. Echo de menos una visión de procesos más que de personas, que historiográficamente es más explicativa que las motivaciones individuales, la cual da la impresión de que los a
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Libby
I am learning to cherish Tom Holland, both for his original insights into history and for his clear, lucid writing. Holland could make medieval laundry lists fascinating. His subject in this book, end of the world thinking in Medieval Europe, is compelling enough, but he heightened my interest by approaching from it from angles I had never considered before.All history is retelling a story, but Holland's books are never repetitive. His viewpoint is always fresh, his narratives always new and ing ...more
Benjamin
Aug 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent way to teach history, finding people who embodied the broader historical movements and, rather than just name-and-dating everyone and everything, humanize each of those people, make them accessible and real, which makes the arcs easier to follow.

It also helps that there is a great deal of narrative action throughout, and wars to be fought with someone, always. But the important transitions of power from the broken Roman Empire to the kingdoms of Europe, and back to the Pope
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Craig
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A concise, dramatic and eminently readable account of the forging of medieval Europe. Holland keeps his focus on broad social trends mixed in with shifts in power and belief, human interest, narrative flair and compelling accounts of key figures of the age to offer up a compelling introduction to a crucial two-century period for the consolidation of papal power and emergence of the high medieval political order. His grand-sounding prose may be off-putting to some, but the work is well worth the ...more
Mohamad Almokhllati
This excellent chronicle is hugely marred by the prejudiced author against Islam. He wrongly uses extract from the holy Quran in a totally wrong context.
David Sasaki
About a thousand years ago Europe was gripped with fear. Improbably, in the face of obstacle after obstacle, Christianity had spread itself from Jerusalem to Rome to Constantinople, throughout Western Europe, Saxony, even into England, Scandinavia, and Russia. Now, after that incredible diffusion and the fascinating power-play that underlaid it, Europe was finally united in worldview, moral foundation, and a sort of ecstatic anxiety that the end of the world was rapidly approaching. The very fou ...more
Jason , etc.
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up almost immediately after finishing Rubicon, because I was so enamored by the author's writing style and ability to turn the dry into the infinitely entertaining. I admit to some skepticism of this being the case here, given that this was an earlier work of his and the always uplifting focal point of Middle Ages Christianity, which has the potential to induce weeping or throwing oneself into traffic. Thankfully, the author delivered, and his narrative voice kept depression at bay ...more
Ivan Llanes
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable book on one of the turning points in the history of Europe, and surely the least known by the general public: the second half of the 11th century, the Investiture Controversy, the rise of the Papacy and the triumph of Cluny.
The Investiture Controversy, the struggle between Pope and Emperor on the designation of bishops, was according to Holland a revolution every bit as relevant to the future of the continent as the storming of the Bastille would be, seven centuries later. Lo and
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Carlos
Jul 21, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read this book because I had loved Holland’s previous books, Rubicon and Persian Fire. Unfortunately, unlike those books, Holland seems to lack a concise story to tell in this one. Both of his previous books had a central story to tell, Caesar crossing the Rubicon or the Greco-Persian wars, and he goes to great lengths to set up the lead up, climax and consequences of them. After finishing this book, I am still at odds to identify the central story in it. Was it the meeting of the e ...more
Tom
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully written book that attempts to chart the ‘Dark Ages’ in Europe up to the first Crusade, charting the ups and downs of the nobility from England to Spain, Italy, Norway etc. Examining the various factional splits that occurred in Europe along with religious upheaval in Rome, pagan and Saracen invasions amongst other tumultuous events.

Problematic in that it can sometimes be a bit confusing going from the exact time period as the previous chapter but in a different country and the scop
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Alejandro Ramirez
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I was so impressed by Holland's other book: Persian Fire, that I vowed to get his other books. Millenium is equally well documented, but by far not as engaging as Persian Fire. Small kings, failed empires, petty tribal wars, superstition and religious fanatisim tend to get repetitive and boring after a while.

However, it is fascinating to see how the est as we know it was formed. How Norway and Russia got their names, how some words of the european languages were coined and remain in use after a
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Jan-Joost Bouwman
I'm a bit conflicted about this book. I liked it, but didn't love it, like I did the first book I read by Tom Holland about the rise of Islam In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire. That really blew me away, because I learned so much new stuff. Maybe I didn't learn as much from this book because I already knew quite a bit about the time period from my history classes in school, even though that is ages ago. Yes, naturally I learned new stuff and in ...more
Charles
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heavier on story than it is on rigorous historical detail, but as someone who knows very little about the period (even after struggling through several far-better-researched but unbelievably-dry books on the period) it was a great introduction.
Alice
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
This book was outwardly so tantalising but the interesting premise, ambitious scope and wealth of potential material was killed for me by the rambly, unfocused style. At times I enjoyed the odd blend of story-telling and scrutiny, but at the end of each chapter I found myself asking: "so, what?"
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An 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 af
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