The Edge of the World: A Cultural History of the North Sea and the Transformation of Europe
An epic adventure ranging from the terror of the Vikings to the golden age of cities: Michael Pye tells the amazing story of how modernity emerged on the shores of the North Sea.
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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Beautifully written and thoughtfully researched.-- "Wall Street Journal"
At its most meaningful, history involves a good deal of art and storytelling. Pye's book is full of both...[With] a mostly forgotten cast of medieval shippers, mauraders, thinkers, and tinkerers, Pye challenges us to consider how we got to be where-and who-we are.-- "New York Times Book Review"
He writes about difficult concepts with vivid details and stories, often jump-cutting from exposition to drama like a film. It's complicated, but fun.-- "Economist (London)"
A double pleasure, first for its unique, illuminating vision of a time largely unknown and misunderstood by modern readers, but even more for its exemplary prose. Pye's writing is vigorous and precise, the work of a writer who revels in his subject and who nurses a fondness for its many curious byways and paradoxes.-- "Dallas Morning News"
From a new perspective on the Vikings to an examination of information as a form of currency, Pye's book offers an engaging and enlightening look at a little understood time and place.-- " Columbus Dispatch"
Pye's vivid prose proves that this time was anything but dark.-- " Explorer's Journal"
A brilliant history of the Dark Ages showing the growth and development of science, business, fashion, law, politics, and other significant institutions-a joy to read and reread.-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"