In the Shadow of the Sword

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Host: Chalke Valley History Festival
Location: Ebbesborne Wake, Wiltshire SP5 5JH
Speaker: Tom Holland

The best-selling author of Rubicon and Persian Fire will be talking about his most important work yet, the story of how the ancient world came to an end and how a new power, Islam, arose – a highly relevant issue that has been the subject of a brilliant new book and stunning Channel 4 film.

In the Shadow of the Sword has taken five years of intensive research and extensive travel to write as well as discussion and correspondence with many of the leading scholars in the field. The result is an impressive and highly important piece of work that is already stimulating intense debate and thought.

Tom Holland will be discussing some of his discoveries and conclusions here at the festival and these all focus on what, for the past forty years, has been an underground but seismic debate: the issue of whether, as tradition claims, Islam was born fully formed in all its fundamentals or else evolved gradually from the seed-bed of antiquity.

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