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Millennium by Tom Holland
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Jun 25, 2010

Read in June, 2010

Geopolitics of the first millenium. This book covers the years 800 to 1000 from Charlemagne to the First Crusades. For me very uneven in interest. I loved the Saracens raiding up and down the coast and there is an excellent chapter on the background leading up to and including William the Conqueror's invasion of England, though had I known there would be as much papal politics in here as there was I may not have bought the book. Pervading over the entire era was a sense of doom since it was believed the year 1000 would bring the armageddon and the arrival of the antichrist. People believed in omens, visions and spectres something we still today haven't rid the world of.

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