Tom Holland – Millennium

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 birth pangs 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.

Author: Tom Holland
Narrator: Mark Meadows, Tom Holland
Duration: 17 hours 32 minutes
Released: 19 Dec 2009
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
Language: English

User Review:

milk reflective

I am blind, so I can’t Google the artefacts under discussion in order to view them. But I got a lot out of this course. The lecturer describes the salient features of the buildings, paintings and sculptures well, so I was able to picture them in my mind’s eye. She gives an overview of the historical background which influenced the direction that the art took. The change in emphasis from the community to the individual, and the changes in the way humans were portrayed, was interesting. I’ve already downloaded the companion lectures on Roman art and archaeology.