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The Pursuit of the Millennium:
Revolutionary Millenarians and Mystical Anarchists of the Middle Ages, Revised and Expanded Edition

by Norman Cohn

ISBN 0195004566 / 9780195004564 / 0-19-500456-6
Publisher Oxford University Press
Language English
Edition Softcover
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At the end of the first millennium A.D., itinerant preachers crisscrossed Europe warning that the end of the world was nigh. Hundreds of thousands of people took heed, joining religious cults and anti-governmental militias in preparation for the coming war between good and evil. (If this sounds familiar, it is proof only that history is cyclical.) During this heady time, Europe exploded in religious war, peasant revolts and sectarian strife, marked by the first large-scale massacres of Jews and gypsies, the first inklings of inquisitions and holy crusades. Norman Cohn, a masterful writer and interpreter, carefully explores this extraordinary period in European history in a book that bears rereading as our own millennium approaches its end. [via]