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In Millennium, bestselling historian Ian Mortimer takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of the last ten centuries of Western history. It is a journey into a past vividly brought to life and bursting with ideas, that pits one century against another in his quest to measure which century saw the greatest change.We journey from a time when there was a fair chance of your village being burned to the ground by invaders — and dried human dung was a recommended cure for cancer — to a world in which explorers sailed into the unknown and civilizations came into conflict with each other on an epic scale. Here is a story of godly scientists, fearless adventurers, cold-hearted entrepreneurs, and strong-minded women — a story of discovery, invention, revolution, and cataclysmic shifts in perspective. Millennium is a journey into the past like no other. Our understanding of human development will never be the same again, and the lessons we learn along the way are profound ones for us all.
About the Author
Dr. Ian Mortimer has been described by the London Times as "the most remarkable medieval historian of our time." He is best known as the author of The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England, which was a London Sunday Times bestseller in 2010. Its follow-up, The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England, was a London Sunday Times bestseller in 2012. He was awarded the Alexander Prize by the Royal Historical Society for his work on the social history of medicine. Ian is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. Please visit his website at www.ianmortimer.com.
Terrific. One of the most bracing aspects of Millennium is the breadth of factors it covers. Mortimer describes the past with a vivid directness. But he's equally compelling about the future. A thrillingly clear-eyed assessment, a taking-stock of what the previous millennium might teach us about the ways we face major changes. Here's hoping some of the 21st-century's leaders read it and do some pausing of their own.
A quirky but always delightful social history that will convince most readers that social revolutions have been happening for a long time.
I loved this book. It will enable you to understand your past, your place in it and that of your ancestors as never before. A modern classic.
Acclaimed British medievalist Mortimer (The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England) takes readers on a tour of the last thousand years. Mortimer’s intrinsic faith in human perseverance offers a glimmer of hope for the coming thousand years.
An ambitious study of the last millennium.
Provocative and enjoyable. Almost every page of this engaging book sets your mind racing.
— Dominic Sandbrook
Original and fascinating. Mortimer is an entertaining guide on this superb time-travel journey of human innovations It is a planetary ride which Mortimer offers us in his tour of ten centuries. It is exhilarating to time-travel with him.