The Last Apocalypse: Europe at the Year 1000 A.D. Doubleday, 1998
"A vivid portriat....Reston has an eye for unforgettable detail."
--Knight Ridder Newspapers
The decades around A.D. 1000 marked a chaotic turning point in European history. Ireland, England, and France were helpless against the ravages of the seagoing Vikings; the fierce Hungarian Magyars laid waste to Germany and Italy; the Moors ruled Spain and threatened the remnants of Charlemagne's vast domain; and a corrupt and decrepit papacy was being overshadowed by glorious Byzantium.
Reston's book is an enthralling popular history of how, at the turn of the last millennium Christian kingdoms converted, conquered, and slaughtered their way to dominance, and by doing so ushered in a new civilization.
The Last Apocalypse received two foreign editions: Great Britain and Italy. Reston lectured widely across the United States about the "Meaning of the Millennium" in 1998-99 and published three essays on the subject in George magazine in 1999.