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

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


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.

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ISBN-13: 9781610390149
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 02/12/2013
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 375,299
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Paul Collins graduated from Harvard with a master of theology, received his doctorate in philosophy in history from the Australian National University, and was ordained a Catholic priest. Since March 2001, when he resigned from active priestly ministry after thirty-three years of service due to a doctrinal dispute with the Vatican, he has been a full-time writer and radio and TV presenter. He lives in Australia.

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