By Catherine Nixey
The Darkening Age is the mostly unknown tale of ways a militant faith comprehensively and intentionally extinguished the lessons of the Classical international, ushering in centuries of unquestioning adherence to 'one precise faith'.
regardless of the long-held idea that the early Christians have been meek and gentle, going to their martyr's deaths making a song hymns of affection and compliment, the reality, as Catherine Nixey finds, is particularly various. faraway from being meek and delicate, they have been violent, ruthless and essentially illiberal. in contrast to the polytheistic international, during which the addition of 1 new faith made no basic distinction to the outdated ones, this new ideology acknowledged not just that it used to be the best way, the reality and the sunshine yet that, by means of extension, each wrong way used to be mistaken and needed to be destroyed. From the first century to the sixth, those that did not fall into step with its ideals have been pursued in each real way: social, felony, monetary and actual. Their altars have been upturned and their temples demolished, their statues hacked to items and their clergymen killed. It was once an annihilation.
Authoritative, vividly written and totally compelling, this can be a striking debut from a super younger historian.
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The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World by Catherine Nixey