Barbarians to Angels: The Dark Ages Reconsidered

Barbarians to Angels: The Dark Ages Reconsidered

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by Peter S. Wells
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393335399

ISBN-13: 9780393335392

Pub. Date: 08/24/2009

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

A rich and surprising look at the robust European culture that thrived after the collapse of Rome.
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 ways of life. This

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A rich and surprising look at the robust European culture that thrived after the collapse of Rome.
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 ways of life. This is the picture of the Dark Ages that most historians promote. But archaeology tells a different story. Peter 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393335392
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
08/24/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
258
Sales rank:
995,058
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

1 Between Antiquity and the Middle Ages: What Happened? 3

2 The Decline of the Roman Empire 13

3 The Peoples of Europe 28

4 Childeric and Other Early Dark Age Kings 47

5 What Happened to the Roman Cities? 70

6 Roman Londinium to Saxon Lundenwic: Continuity and Change (A.D. 43-800) 88

7 New Centers in the North 121

8 The Revolution in the Countryside 130

9 Crafting Tools and Ornaments for the New Societies 142

10 Royal Exchange and Everyday Trade 153

11 Spread of the New Religion 170

12 Arts, Scholarship, and Education 186

13 Charlemagne's Elephant and the History of Europe 199

App Selected Museum Collections 203

Sources and Suggestions for Further Reading 205

Acknowledgments 217

Illustration Credits 219

Index 221

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