Millennium

  • by Tom Holland
  • Narrated by Andrew Sachs
  • 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Of all the civilizations 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. MILLENNIUM is a stunning panoramic account of the two centuries on either side of the apocalyptic year 1000. This was the age of Canute, William the Conqueror and Pope Gregory VII, of Vikings, monks and serfs, of the earliest castles and the invention of knighthood, and of the primal conflict between church and state. 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.

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Abridgement spoils book

The only thing wrong with this audiobook is that it is an abridgement of the original. Tom Holland is one of my favourite historians, and Andrew Sachs is one of my favourite narrators. This book is a worthy addition to Holland's previous works.But the savage abridgement to get this book down to 5 and a bit hours means that Holland's masterful storytelling becomes a narrative confusion.
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- David Schutz

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-12-2008
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK