• Comprendre les conditions historiques de la naissance de l'islam est en lien direct avec ce qui l'anime encore aujourd'hui. Aussi complexe que soit l'émergence de l'Empire arabe au VIIe siècle, berceau de la nouvelle religion, sa compréhension autorise un questionnement salutaire sur cette puissante civilisation, faite d'une multitude d'influences diverses. Loin des querelles théologiques qui entourent ces sujets, l'historien Tom Holland nous convie à un récit novateur, étayé par une documentation impressionnante.

  • Le christianisme est à la fois le legs le plus durable de la civilisation antique et l'événement le plus transformateur de l'histoire de l'Occident. Aujourd'hui même, ceux qui abandonnent en nombre croissant la foi de leurs ancêtres et considèrent la religion comme pure superstition en portent toujours la marque distinctive.

  • Tom Holland a consacré son oeuvre aux grands empires de l'Antiquité. Dans À l'ombre de l'épée, il nous raconte une histoire d'une ampleur mythologique : la fin de l'ancien monde et la naissance d'une nouvelle puissance, l'Islam. Écrite dans une langue éloquente, vive et ciselée, cette vaste fresque se veut aussi une étude fouillée : l'auteur aborde ici une réflexion qui, depuis des décennies, fait matière à débat : l'Islam est-il né d'emblée comme une religion pleine et entière, forte de tous ses fondements et préceptes, ou a-t-il connu une croissance et une évolution progressives, à partir du terreau de l'Antiquité ?
    Cette question n'a rien de scholastique, et Tom Holland nous la présente avec un sens du récit et de la tension dramatique qui n'a d'égal que son érudition, toujours accessible. Son étude s'appuie sur plusieurs travaux et se fonde sur un constat : la plus ancienne biographie de Muhammad (ou Mahomet) date de deux siècles après sa mort, ce qui laisse planer l'incertitude sur son exactitude historique. Plus encore, cette chronique du Prophète contredirait le Coran lui-même.
    Jamais manichéen, Tom Holland sait faire vivre ces figures historiques et religieuses avec autant d'esprit que d'empathie. L'émergence de l'empire arabe se déploie dans ces pages en une histoire étourdissante, nourrie d'épisodes tragiques, de personnages stupéfiants et de conquêtes écrasantes. Elle s'inscrit dans une autre histoire plus vaste, celle des monothéismes, entamée dans le monde ancien, et qui fonde notre monde moderne.

  • Christianity is the most enduring and influential legacy of the ancient world, and its emergence the single most transformative development in Western history. Even the increasing number in the West today who have abandoned the faith of their forebears, and dismiss all religion as pointless superstition, remain recognisably its heirs. Seen close-up, the division between a sceptic and a believer may seem unbridgeable. Widen the focus, though, and Christianity's enduring impact upon the West can be seen in the emergence of much that has traditionally been cast as its nemesis: in science, in secularism, and yes, even in atheism. That is why Dominion will place the story of how we came to be what we are, and how we think the way that we do, in the broadest historical context. Ranging in time from the Persian invasion of Greece in 480 BC to the on-going migration crisis in Europe today, and from Nebuchadnezzar to the Beatles, it will explore just what it was that made Christianity so revolutionary and disruptive; how completely it came to saturate the mind-set of Latin Christendom; and why, in a West that has become increasingly doubtful of religion's claims, so many of its instincts remain irredeemably Christian. The aim is twofold: to make the reader appreciate just how novel and uncanny were Christian teachings when they first appeared in the world; and to make ourselves, and all that we take for granted, appear similarly strange in consequence. We stand at the end-point of an extraordinary transformation in the understanding of what it is to be human: one that can only be fully appreciated by tracing the arc of its parabola over millennia.

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  • 'This is a wonderful, surging narrative - a brilliant and meticulous synthesis of the ancient sources . . . This is a story that should be read by anyone interested in history, politics or human nature - and it has never been better told' - Boris Johnson, Mail on Sunday Rome was first ruled by kings, then became a republic. But in the end, after conquering the world, the Republic collapsed. Rome was drowned in blood. So terrible were the civil wars that the Roman people finally came to welcome the rule of an autocrat who could give them peace. ' Augustus,' their new master called himself: 'The Divinely Favoured One'. The lurid glamour of the dynasty founded by Augustus has never faded. No other family can compare for sheer unsettling fascination with its gallery of leading characters. Tiberius, the great general who ended up a bitter recluse, notorious for his perversions; Caligula, the master of cruelty and humiliation who rode his chariot across the sea; Agrippina, the mother of Nero, manoeuvering to bring to power the son who would end up having her murdered; Nero himself, racing in the Olympics, marrying a eunuch, and building a pleasure palace over the fire-gutted centre of his capital. Now, in the sequel to Rubicon , Tom Holland gives a dazzling portrait of Rome's first imperial dynasty. Dynasty traces the full astonishing story of its rule of the world: both the brilliance of its allure, and the blood-steeped shadows cast by its crimes. Ranging from the great capital rebuilt in marble by Augustus to the dank and barbarian-haunted forests of Germany, it is populated by a spectacular cast: murderers and metrosexuals, adulterers and druids, scheming grandmothers and reluctant gladiators. Dynasty is the portrait of a family that transformed and stupefied Rome.

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  • In the 6th century AD, the Near East was divided between two venerable empires: the Persian and the Roman. A hundred years on, and one had vanished forever, while the other seemed almost finished. Ruling in their place were the Arabs: an upheaval so profound that it spelt, in effect, the end of the ancient world.
    In The Shadow of the Sword, Tom Holland explores how this came about. Spanning Constantinople to the Arabian desert, and starring some of the most remarkable rulers who ever lived, he tells a story vivid with drama, horror and startling achievement.

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  • A brilliant new account of the world's very first clash of civilisations between the Persians and the Greeks in 480BC.

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  • Egypt, 1922: the Valley of the Kings. After years of fruitless labour, the archaeologist Howard Carter discovers a mysterious tomb, sealed and marked with a terrible curse. But what is the nature of the tomb's deadly secret? And what is the web of strange connections spreading back through millennia, to the very heart of Egypt's fabulous past? In a glorious Arabian Nightmare of lost cities, treacherous priests and daring archaeologists, an ancient civilisation shimmers into life; colourful, magical, and unutterably strange.

    'True adventure stories are all too scarce nowadays. And adventure stories that have the capacity to make the reader think and wonder are an even rarer commodity. Tom Holland's latest novel manages both with tremendous verve... a galloping page-turner' DAILY TELEGRAPH

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  • A brilliant new account of the world's very first clash of civilisations between the Persians and the Greeks in 480BC.

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  • * Tom Holland, author of RUBICON and PERSIAN FIRE, gives a thrilling panoramic account of the birth of the new Western Europe in the year 1000

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  • 'Rubicon' is a narrative history which provides bloody and labyrinthine political intrigue and struggle, oratory and amazing feats of conquest and cruelty.

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  • Anglais Rubicon

    Tom Holland

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    • 4 Avril 2013
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