The Forge of Christendom

The End of Days and the Epic Rise of the West

By Tom Holland
(Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780307278708, 476pp.)

Publication Date: June 1, 2010

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At the approach of the first millennium, the Christians of Europe did not seem likely candidates for future greatness. 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. It was one of the most significant departure points in history: the emergence of Western Europe as a distinctive and expansionist power.

About the Author
Tom Holland is an exercise physiologist with a master's degree in exercise science and sport psychology. He has been certified by the ACSM, NSCA-CSCS, NASM, ACE, and AFAA, and "Women's Health" magazine named him one of the Top 10 Fitness Professionals in the country. He is the author of "The Marathon Method" and "The 12-Week Triathlete", and stars in numerous fitness videos, including "Supreme 90 Day" and "The Abs Diet Workout". He recently opened the Tom Holland Athletic Club in New Canaan, Connecticut.
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