Richard Miles reviews Tom Holland’s In the Shadow of the Sword

Richard Miles has reviewed best-seller Tom Holland’s new book, In the Shadow of the Sword: The Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World, for the Financial Times. The author of Rubicon (2004) and Persian Fire (2006) has released another non-fiction workthis time on what Miles calls the ‘thorny issue of the origins of Islam’. Miles writes of the book:

It is difficult not to be bedazzled by a cast that includes ulcerated Christian holy men, Zoroastrian priests obsessed with dental hygiene, demonic emperors, barbarians with self-inflicted cranial deformities, perfumed Persian monarchs and Arab ambassadors stinking of camel.

Read Richard’s full Financial Times review, ‘Faith that moved mountains

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