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The Edge of the World : A Cultural History of the North Sea and the Transformation of Europe
by Michael Pye


Overview - Saints and spies, pirates and philosophers, artists and intellectuals: they all criss-crossed the grey North Sea in the so-called "dark ages," the years between the fall of the Roman Empire and the beginning of Europe's mastery over the oceans.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Saints and spies, pirates and philosophers, artists and intellectuals: they all criss-crossed the grey North Sea in the so-called "dark ages," the years between the fall of the Roman Empire and the beginning of Europe's mastery over the oceans. Now the critically acclaimed Michael Pye reveals the cultural transformation sparked by those men and women: the ideas, technology, science, law, and moral codes that helped create our modern world.

This is the magnificent lost history of a thousand years. It was on the shores of the North Sea where experimental science was born, where women first had the right to choose whom they married; there was the beginning of contemporary business transactions and the advent of the printed book. In The Edge of the World, Michael Pye draws on an astounding breadth of original source material to illuminate this fascinating region during a pivotal era in world history.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781605986999
  • ISBN-10: 1605986992
  • Publisher: Pegasus Books
  • Publish Date: April 2015
  • Page Count: 360


Related Categories

Books > History > Europe - Medieval
Books > History > Western Europe - General
Books > History > Europe - Scandinavia

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-02-09
  • Reviewer: Staff

Pye (The Pieces from Berlin) takes readers on a far-ranging tour of Europe during the Dark Ages, looking at how civilization developed and evolved through the cultures “around the North Sea in times when water was the easiest way to travel, when the sea connected and carried peoples, belief and ideas, as well as pots and wine and coal.” His style is leisurely yet authoritative, scholarly but engaging; his approach resembles that of a docent leading a group through a vast museum, with each section devoted to a different aspect of society. Pye looks at the establishment of money and currency, the rise of books and written knowledge, the vagaries of fashion and the progress of law, and the clash of cultures and societies. It’s a series of broad topics, condensed into an entertaining—though unfocused—attempt to convey the true wealth of cultural growth during a commonly misunderstood era. In particular, he reveals how the Vikings “had adjusted reality all round the North Sea” in their travels, raids, and resettlements. This is an eye-opening reexamination of the era, and delightfully accessible. Agent: Irene Skolnick, Irene Skolnick Literary Agency. (Apr.)

 
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