Barbarians to Angels: The Dark Ages Reconsidered

Barbarians to Angels: The Dark Ages Reconsidered

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by Peter S. Wells
     
 

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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.

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

Table of Contents


Preface     xi
Between Antiquity and the Middle Ages: What Happened?     3
The Decline of the Roman Empire     13
The Peoples of Europe     28
Childeric and Other Early Dark Age Kings     47
What Happened to the Roman Cities?     70
Roman Londinium to Saxon Lundenwic: Continuity and Change (A.D. 43-800)     88
New Centers in the North     121
The Revolution in the Countryside     130
Crafting Tools and Ornaments for the New Societies     142
Royal Exchange and Everyday Trade     153
Spread of the New Religion     170
Arts, Scholarship, and Education     186
Charlemagne's Elephant and the History of Europe     199
Selected Museum Collections     203
Sources and Suggestions for Further Reading     205
Acknowledgments     217
Illustration Credits     219
Index     221

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