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The Birth of the West: Rome, Germany, France, and the Creation of Europe in the Tenth Century

The Birth of the West: Rome, Germany, France, and the Creation of Europe in the Tenth Century (Hardback)

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The tenth century dawned in violence and disorder. Charlemagne's empire was in ruins, most of Spain had been claimed by Moorish invaders, and even the papacy in Rome was embroiled in petty, provincial conflicts. To many historians, it was a prime example of the ignorance and uncertainty of the Dark Ages. Yet according to historian Paul Collins, the story of the tenth century is the story of our culture's birth, of the emergence of our civilization into the light of day. The Birth of the West tells the story of a transformation from chaos to order, exploring the alien landscape of Europe in transition. It is a fascinating narrative that thoroughly renovates older conceptions of feudalism and what medieval life was actually like. The result is a wholly new vision of how civilization sprang from the unlikeliest of origins, and proof that our tenth-century ancestors are not as remote as we might think.

History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450/1500Medieval historyHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean history Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US Publication Date: 12/02/2013 ISBN-13: 9781610390132  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Paul Collins is a theologian with degrees from Harvard and the Australian National University and is now a fellow of Trinity College of Music, London. He has worked as a religious commentator for Australian Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, NPR, and more; as a teacher of theology and history; and as a Catholic priest. In March 2001, he resigned from active ministry due to a doctrinal dispute with the Vatican over his book, Papal Power. He is also the author of The Birth of the West, published by PublicAffairs in 2013.

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