• Millennium

  • The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom
  • By: Tom Holland
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows, Tom Holland
  • Length: 17 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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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.

©2008 Tom Holland (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

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Hate the narrator

I love Tom Holland. But this narrator just spoiled the second book for me. Over the top performance and stoping at all the wrong places just to breath. Such a pity!

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Very well written!

Really well written but quite dense. Less accessable than his book "Dominion" but you can't fault the scholarship.

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  • 11-29-19

Excellent book

Lovely take on the 200 years either side of the year 1000, and the story it draws from comparative analysis is intriguing and compelling.

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  • K Indleeeader
  • 01-15-20

Narrator

Narrator very poor. I wiil be returning this title very disappointed very monotone making it very uninteresting on such a great subject. Poor.

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  • PETER B
  • 06-26-22

Very illuminating

I’m a great fan of Tom & Dom’s The Rest Is History podcast, and I’ve read a couple of Tom Holland’s books which I have thoroughly enjoyed. Whether they transfer well into audiobooks depends, I think, on what you want from a book. Tom has a particular writing style which, if you haven’t heard him talk (eg on the podcast) could seem a little - not sure how best to describe it - portentous? It certainly seems a lot more “highbrow”, even at times slightly pompous, than how he comes across on TRIH. Or is that down to Mark Meadows’ narration? Not sure. In any event, in my view either interpretation would be unfair. What TH is really good at is getting into the mindset of the people of the period he is describing. If there is any portentousness involved, it is a reflection of the time and the material. What I found particularly engaging, and illuminating, about Millennium was that, despite the fact that it dealt with a lot of “facts” I thought I already knew, it was the first time I had heard anyone trying to get into the head of Pope Gregory VII, or the Emperor Henry IV, during the great Investiture Crisis, trying to actually explain their actions in terms of their own value sets at the time. The details are quite hard to follow in an audiobook but if you allow yourself that half a step back, to see the painting rather than the brushstrokes, in my opinion it is a revelation. And whilst I, personally, prefer Mr Holland’s narration to that of Mark Meadows, I do think Meadows does a very good job of bringing to life a book that isn’t easy to narrate. So, overall - strong work by all! And thank you, it was a very illuminating listen.

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  • I Walker
  • 02-22-22

Wonderful historical epic

Excellent, I really upgraded my historical knowledge of this period after reading it. Holland is a splendid historian

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  • Mrs Dawn J Hassan
  • 01-20-21

Tom Holland makes history accessible to all

like many people I was put of history at school when decades ago it was taught in such a dry and dreary way. Yet I was interested and curious in history so thought I'd try as an adult to revisit what I'd missed in my school years. Tom Holland is an engaging writer who makes history real and accessible. His writing is obviously factual but also witty , wry and humorous I'll definitely be looking for more of his books. The narrator Mark Meadows brings this great book to life with his wonderful style of reading.

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  • Mr D G Woodcock
  • 05-19-20

fascinating from start to finish

Loved it! so much in such a short span of history. Working from home!