By the 10th century, European scholars were convinced that the Empire could be restored as a “Holy Roman Empire,” designed by God to be ruled by the spiritual sword of the pope and a temporal sword wielded by the emperor. Together they would perfect an all-embracing Christendom, ready to await the return of Christ and his rule over earth. But instead, the two swords turned against each other and a united Christendom was lost. Nevertheless, sentiment to restore European unity prevailed, ultimately leading to the formation of the European Union.
The Two Swords is a sweeping overview of medieval European politics. Although the golden age of unity in Europe was not forgotten, there remained a prevailing belief for the need to restore the unity, prosperity, and security that had been lost.
THE TWO SWORDS: EMPIRE, CHRISTENDOM, AND EUROPEAN DISUNION (ISBN: 978-1-61897-
About the Author: Working for a multinational corporation and later for the Australian government as a senior diplomat, Dick Westwood has traveled, lived, and worked across much of the world. At the age of 20 he drove from London to Calcutta, via Afghanistan, and at 40 he went around the globe using surface transport. As a diplomat posted to numerous foreign assignments, he has always strongly believed in acquiring a thorough understanding of the historical circumstances that have shaped the countries to which he’s been posted.
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