Dispatch same day for order received before 12 noon. Of the earliest castles and the inventionof knighthood. Little brown of all the civilisations existing in the year 1000 Language:Chinese. Paperback. That ofwestern europe seemed the unlikeliest candidate for futuregreatness Com pared to the glittering empires of Byzantium orIslam.
But rather the birthpangs of a radicallynew order. But the anarchy of these yearsproved to be. William the conqueror and Pope Gregory VII. OfVikings. And of the primal conflict between church and state. The story of how the distinctive culture. Mint Condition. Millennium is a stunning panoramic account of the twocenturies on either side of the apocalyptic year 1000
This was theage of Canute. Not the portents of the end of the world. No quibbles returns. Guaranteed packaging. Monks and serfs.
In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire
Anchor Books. With profound bearing on the most consequential events of our time, Holland ties the exciting story of Islam’s ascent to the crises and controversies of the present. A thrillingly panoramic and incredibly timely account of the rise of Islam, from the acclaimed author of Rubicon and Persian Fire.
The evolution of the arab empire is one of the supreme narratives of ancient history, character, a story dazzlingly rich in drama, and achievement. In this exciting and sweeping history—the third in his trilogy of books on the ancient world—Holland describes how the Arabs emerged to carve out a stupefyingly vast dominion in a matter of decades, overcoming seemingly insuperable odds to create an imperial civilization aspects of which endure to the present day.
Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West
The terrorist states were Athens and Sparta, eccentric cities in a poor and mountainous backwater: Greece. The story of how their citizens took on the Great King of Persia, and thereby saved not only themselves but Western civilization as well, is as heart-stopping and fateful as any episode in history.
The superpower was Persia, incomparably rich in ambition, gold, and men. In the fifth century B. C. A global superpower was determined to bring truth and order to what it regarded as two terrorist states. Anchor Books. Anchor Books. Tom holland’s brilliant study of these critical Persian Wars skillfully examines a conflict of critical importance to both ancient and modern history.
Anchor Books. A vivid historical account of the social world of Rome as it moved from republic to empire. Anchor Books. Combining verve and freshness with scrupulous scholarship, intrigue, Rubicon is not only an engrossing history of this pivotal era but a uniquely resonant portrait of a great civilization in all its extremes of self-sacrifice and rivalry, war, decadence and catastrophe, and world-shaking ambition.
From cicero, spartacus, and augustus, Virgil, to Cleopatra, and Brutus, here are some of the most legendary figures in history brought thrillingly to life. In 49 B. C. The seven hundred fifth year since the founding of Rome, Julius Caesar crossed a small border river called the Rubicon and plunged Rome into cataclysmic civil war.
Anchor Books. Tom holland’s enthralling account tells the story of Caesar’s generation, witness to the twilight of the Republic and its bloody transformation into an empire.
Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar
A tale of rule and ruination, dynasty is the story of a family that transformed and stupefied the western world and that continues to cast a mesmerizing spell across the millennia. Anchor Books. In this dazzling portrait of rome’s first imperial dynasty, Tom Holland traces the astonishing century-long story of the rise and fall of the Julio-Claudians—Augustus, Tiberius, Claudius, Caligula, and Nero.
Anchor Books. Anchor Books. Capturing both the brilliant allure of their rule and the blood-steeped shadows cast by their crimes, Dynasty travels from the great capital rebuilt in marble to the dank and barbarian forests of Germany. Populated by a spectacular cast: murderers and metrosexuals, scheming grandmothers and reluctant gladiators, adulterers and Druids, it vividly recreates the world of Rome after Julius Caesar.
The Forge of Christendom: The End of Days and the Epic Rise of the West
Anchor Books. Weak, fractured, and hemmed in by hostile nations, they saw no future beyond the widely anticipated Second Coming of Christ. But when the world did not end, the peoples of Western Europe suddenly found themselves with no choice but to begin the heroic task of building a Jerusalem on earth. In the forge of christendom, tom holland masterfully describes this remarkable new age, a time of caliphs and Viking sea kings, the spread of castles and the invention of knighthood.
A grand narrative history of the re-emergence of Europe following the collapse of the Roman Empire. Anchor Books. It was one of the most significant departure points in history: the emergence of Western Europe as a distinctive and expansionist power. Anchor Books. Anchor Books. At the approach of the first millennium, the Christians of Europe did not seem likely candidates for future greatness.
Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World
Anchor Books. Dominion explores the implications of this shocking conviction as they have reverberated throughout history. Today, the west remains utterly saturated by Christian assumptions. How astonishing it was, then, that people should have come to believe that one particular victim of crucifixion-an obscure provincial by the name of Jesus-had been a god.
From babylon to the beatles, saint Michael to #MeToo, Dominion tells the story of how Christianity transformed the world. A historian of antiquity shows how the Christian Revolution forged the Western imaginationCrucifixion, the Romans believed, was the worst fate imaginable. Anchor Books. Instead, they are the fruits of a very distinctive civilization.
Anchor Books. Our morals and ethics are not universal. It was this that rendered it so suitable a punishment for slaves. Anchor Books. Concepts such as secularism, liberalism, science, and homosexuality are deeply rooted in a Christian seedbed.
SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome
Anchor Books. Hailed by critics as animating "the grand sweep and the intimate details that bring the distant past vividly to life" Economist in a way that makes "your hair stand on end" Christian Science Monitor and spanning nearly a thousand years of history, this "highly informative, highly readable" Dallas Morning News work examines not just how we think of ancient Rome but challenges the comfortable historical perspectives that have existed for centuries.
With its nuanced attention to class, democratic struggles, and the lives of entire groups of people omitted from the historical narrative for centuries, SPQR will to shape our view of Roman history for decades to come. New york times bestseller a new york times notable book named one of the best books of the year by the wall street journal, foreign affairs, and kirkus reviews finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award Nonfiction Shortlisted for the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize History A San Francisco Chronicle Holiday Gift Guide Selection A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice SelectionA sweeping, the Economist, "magisterial" history of the Roman Empire from one of our foremost classicists shows why Rome remains "relevant to people many centuries later" Atlantic.
In spqr, an instant classic, mary beard narrates the history of Rome "with passion and without technical jargon" and demonstrates how "a slightly shabby Iron Age village" rose to become the "undisputed hegemon of the Mediterranean" Wall Street Journal. Anchor Books. 100 illustrations; 16 pages of color; 5 maps Anchor Books.
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Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization
And the emperors who ruled Byzantium enacted a saga of political intrigue and conquest as astonishing as anything in recorded history. Three rivers Press CA. Lost to the west is replete with stories of assassination, mass mutilation and execution, sexual scheming, ruthless grasping for power, and clashing armies that soaked battlefields with the blood of slain warriors numbering in the tens of thousands.
When europe fell into the Dark Ages, Byzantium held fast against Muslim expansion, keeping Christianity alive. Streams of wealth flowed into Constantinople, making possible unprecedented wonders of art and architecture. Anchor Books. Anchor Books. For more than a millennium, Byzantium reigned as the glittering seat of Christian civilization.
Liveright Publishing Corporation. Anchor Books. Anchor Books. Filled with unforgettable stories of emperors, lost to the West reveals how much we owe to the Byzantine Empire that was the equal of any in its achievements, appetites, generals, as well as fascinating glimpses into the life of the ordinary citizen, and religious patriarchs, and enduring legacy.
Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West
Yet today, as the west faces a resurgence of this enduring Islamic jihad, Sword and Scimitar provides the needed historical context to understand the current relationship between the West and the Islamic world--and why the Islamic State is merely the latest chapter of an old history. Anchor Books. Anchor Books.
Sword and scimitar chronicles the decisive battles that arose from this ages-old islamic jihad, to the European colonization of the Muslim world in the 1800s, which prompted the Crusades, beginning with the first major Islamic attack on Christian territory in 636, followed by renewed Muslim conquests by Turks and Tatars, through the Muslim occupation of nearly three-quarters of Christendom, when Islam largely went on the retreat--until its reemergence in recent times.
The majority of these landmark encounters--including the battles of Yarmuk, the sieges at Constantinople and Vienna, Tours, Manzikert, and the crusades in Syria and Spain--are now forgotten or considered inconsequential. Anchor Books. A sweeping history of the often-violent conflict between islam and the west, when, the Roman emperor rejected Prophet Muhammad's order to abandon Christianity and convert to Islam, shedding a revealing light on current hostilities The West and Islam--the sword and scimitar--have clashed since the mid-seventh century, according to Muslim tradition, unleashing a centuries-long jihad on Christendom.
Three rivers Press CA. Using original sources in arabic and greek, preeminent historian Raymond Ibrahim describes each battle in vivid detail and explains how these wars and the larger historical currents of the age reflect the cultural fault lines between Islam and the West. Liveright Publishing Corporation.
The Forge of Christendom: The End of Days and the Epic Rise of the West
Instead, forged from the convulsions of those terrible times, there emerged a new civilization as the Christian people set to the heroic task of building a Jerusalem on earth themselves. Anchor Books. It witnessed the spread of castles, the invention of knighthood, and the founding of a papal monarchy. It will transform its readers’ conception of the origins of the Modern West.
Anchor Books. Liveright Publishing Corporation. In ad 900, few would have guessed that the splintering kingdoms of Christendom were candidates for future greatness. With an epic sweep that transports us from the crucifixion to the first crusade, and from the glitter of Constantinople to the bleak shores of Canada, Tom Holland’s The Forge of Christendom is a brilliant study of a truly fateful revolution: the emergence of Western Europe for the first time as a distinctive and expansionist power.
It was the age of otto the great and William the Conqueror, of hermits, monks, of Caliphs and Viking sea-kings, and serfs. Above all, it brought people to fear that the end days might be at hand, and yet also—with an effort so prodigious that it has the power to move us still—to invent themselves anew.
A momentous achievement: for this was nothing less than the founding of the modern West. Indeed, there were many who feared—cast in the Millennium’s shadow—that they were nearing the time when the Antichrist would appear, drowning the world in blood and heralding its end. Anchor Books.