Barbarians To Angels

Barbarians To Angels

The Dark Ages Reconsidered

Book - 2008
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The barbarians who destroyed the glory that was Rome demolished civilization along with it, and for the next four centuries the peasants and artisans of Europe barely held on. Random violence, mass migration, disease, and starvation were the only way of life. This is the picture of the Dark Ages that most historians promote. But archaeology tells a different story. Peter S. Wells, one of the world's leading archaeologists, surveys the archaeological record to demonstrate that the Dark Ages were not dark at all. The kingdoms of Christendom that emerged starting in the ninth century sprang from a robust, previously little-known, European culture, albeit one that left behind few written texts. This recently recognized culture achieved heights in artistry, technology, craft production, commerce, and learning. Future assessments of the period between Rome and Charlemagne will need to incorporate this fresh new picture.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2008.
ISBN: 9780393060751
0393060756
Characteristics: xv, 240 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm.

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mrsjane_1
Sep 16, 2016

This is a very well written historical book, talking about the lives of those who lived in the "Dark Ages". The author describes what the people ate, the different classes in their society, and the hardships faced in their daily lives. Peter Welles even goes over archaeological findings from this time. This book is very historically accurate with its information.

To those who are interested about people living in other time periods, here is a good book to start your journey!

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jkeaton
Oct 05, 2010

Peter Wells tries, using archaeology, to argue that the 'Dark Ages' were not a period of significant decline in Europe - that the political leadership changed as the Roman Empire fell, but that life and trade continued much as before. This is part of a continuing controversy over this issue - without written records, the archaeological record is open to interpretation.

Well written, and with a particularly fascinating description of the changes in London (Londinium) over the period from AD 300 to AD700, this book is well worth reading. Just remember to read other historians for balance.

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