The End of the World and the Forging of ChristendomBook - 2009
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 birthpangs of a radically new order. This book is a panoramic account of the two centuries on either side of the apocalyptic year 1000. 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.
Publisher: London :, Abacus,, 
Edition: Paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2008
Branch Call Number: 940.1 HOL
Characteristics: xxix, 476 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 20 cm