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Tom Holland

New history of Christianity - ‘Dominion’ - out now! Dinosaur lover. Stonehenge Tunnel hater. A 'leading English cricketer' - The Times. Podcast: @theresthistory

London

Joined on 18 January, 2011

http://www.tom-holland.org/

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Quoted @jg_herman

Those who are sceptical of @holland_tom's thesis in Dominion (that our cultural beliefs are hugely conditioned by our society's Christian inheritance) should check out why Lord Sumption is currently trending on Twitter.

Lord Sumption, in his review of Dominion, argued - perhaps tellingly - that the West was in the process of discarding Christianity, "now that its practical utility as a foundation of social existence is no longer so obvious."

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Evangelical Protestantism in the 19th century - judged by today's standards as well as by its own - did some astonishing good.

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(Of course, British pressure on the Persian shah to suppress the slave trade in the Gulf also did much to consolidate Britain's influence over his country - but to be merely cynical is to be reductive.)

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Quoted @Ned_Donovan

Until around 1970, slaves in the Arabian Gulf who had escaped their owners could go to a British consulate and, after touching the flagpole holding the Union Jack, would immediately be given their freedom. Freed slaves received this certificate.

Way back in 1862, a Persian prince marvelled at how 'England' was "the determined enemy of the slave trade, & has gone to an enormous expense to liberate the African races, to whom she is in no way bound save by the tie of a common humanity."

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Quoted @simonhallwriter

This was a very entertaining episode, though at the end I had a slight feeling that @dcsandbrook and @holland_tom might be starting to channel the spirit of the Two Ronnies!

Replying to @dcsandbrook: ... and it's goodnight from him.

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Replying to @holland_tom: To the Victoria Embankment, there to take our Government-mandated exercise by following the lines of two waterways, the Bl…

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Quoted @holland_tom

Please, if you can, keep this wonderful man in your prayers.

Just to say that Niko could still very much do with being kept in your thoughts or prayers.

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Replying to @Glyndle: Answers on a postcard please to Tom's question: "Why IS Wiltshire the best county?"

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Quoted @holland_tom

The next @TheRestHistory explores the theme of England’s north-south divide.* How has it manifested itself over the course of the centuries? Is geography truly destiny? Why IS Wiltshire the best county?

Do please tweet us any questions!

*Features @northumbriana

Answers on a postcard please to Tom's question: "Why IS Wiltshire the best county?"

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Replying to @northumbriana: @holland_tom Looking forward to exploring some of the features of this Geordie map of Britain and Ireland https://t.co/e…

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@holland_tom Looking forward to exploring some of the features of this Geordie map of Britain and Ireland

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Quoted @SVHarding

@holland_tom @TheRestHistory @northumbriana Why does everyone forget the Midlands?

We don’t. @dcsandbrook will be batting for the Midlands (as will I, to a degree, since the Hollands hail from Stoke, & I personally support the Midlands’ leading football club).

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Quoted @northumbriana

@holland_tom May I boringly point out that the Embankment was paid for via duties paid on coal from you know where

A preview of what I’ll be up against...

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... and it's goodnight from him.

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Quoted @holland_tom

To the Victoria Embankment, there to take our Government-mandated exercise by following the lines of two waterways, the Bloomsbury Ditch & the #CockAndPye Ditch. These were channels which drained the marshland that surrounded the village of St Giles - current-day Covent Garden.

And so we make it home...

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Replying to @MattHourihan: One of my favorite things on Twitter is @holland_tom’s periodic ambling along the courses of England’s lost streams and r…

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The National Theatre’s helmets gathering dust on Brixton Road... 🙁

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One of my favorite things on Twitter is @holland_tom’s periodic ambling along the courses of England’s lost streams and rivers

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And there it is - journey’s end! #CockAndPye

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The York Watergate was left marooned inland by the development of the Victoria Embankment, which covers the huge sewer running parallel to the Thames into which the #CockAndPye Ditch now flows...

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The York Watergate, built in 1626 to a design perhaps by Inigo Jones, looking towards what, in the early 19th century, was Hungerford Stairs, where the young Charles Dickens worked - to enduringly traumatic effect - in a blacking factory.

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#Dominion is published in paperback in the UK on 6 August: a history less of Christianity than of what has made Christianity revolutionary & transformative over the course of its 2000 year existence.

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