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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.

©2008 Tom Holland (P)2008 Hachette Digital

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Kneecapped by abridging

I read this book years ago in hard copy. Didn't notice that the Audible version was abridged. The outcome is a shadow of its former (excellent) self. This was not a service to author or readers.

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Great book about the millennium

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I liked the audiobook very much. Very interesting period in our civilization and well written. Had to listen to in in one go!

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  • D. Stone
  • 04-14-19

Great reading by Andrew Sachs,

Great reading by Andrew Sachs, but the story didn't hold my attention. wouldn't recommend this book

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  • P. E. Haynes
  • 11-28-12

a bit too dull...

I normally give a decent book 3 stars, so this was a little below average for me.



I love this period of history, and therefore eagerly looked forward to listening to this. Sadly, I just found my mind wandering constantly. The narration didn't really grab me - I normally love Mr Sachs - and somehow, it seemed clear that this abridged version really didn't do the book justice.



Love Tom Holland, love the period, but simply found this audiobook dull. Sorry!

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  • David Schutz
  • 10-31-15

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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