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Dark Ages Scholars of the 1400s gave this name to the period in Europe after the downfall of the Roman Empire in the A.D. 400s. It was 'dark' compared to the 'brightness' of ancient Greece and Rome.

During this period Europe was ravaged by barbarians like the Goths, the Vandals and the Huns, who swept down from the east and north. They destroyed many of the better things that had existed under the Romans. When they finally settled down, little was left of the civilization which they had plundered.

The Church invented the monastery as a refuge to preserve something of the Christian life and culture that there had been under the later Roman Empire. Reading and writing continued in the monasteries: in them some of the old authors' books were saved, studied and copied.

When the churches and monasteries were destroyed in one area, enough survived elsewhere for missionaries to return to a fresh start after the worst was past. In the simple cells of the Irish monks, Greek was still taught after it had been lost over much of Europe.

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Facts about Viking longships: Nave Vichinga

Facts about Viking longships: Viking longships were naval ships made and used by the Vikings for commerce, trade, exploration, and other during the Dark Ages. The Viking longship were under construction between the ninth and thirteenth centuries. The Viking longship is characterized as a long, graceful, light, narrow, wooden ship with a big speed. More information about facts of Viking longships you can read here


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Facts about Viking longships: A picture of the longships in which the Vikings sailed on their raids

A page from a beautifully illuminated (decorated) Benedictional of the Dark Ages. Through books such as this, the Church strove to preserve Christian civilization, while Barbarians ravaged Europe.

Viking pictures

The second reason for calling this age 'dark' is that few records (which might have helped us discover what happened) were written; and the raids destroyed many of those that were. Charlemagne, Alfred of England, and Otto I of Germany all tried to recover and rebuild the lost civilization of Rome.

These were false starts. Arabs and other Islamic peoples kept attacking from the south; Saxons and Magyars harried eastern Europe; and the Vikings from the Scandinavian countries came again and again in their longships, raiding all the western coasts. They even reached Sicily and Italy.

At this time the unconquered Eastern Roman Empire had a far higher standard of civilization than the West. But both were outshone by the greater civilizations of Asia, in India and China. About the A.D. 1200s, a lasting recovery of culture began. To what the Church had saved was added borrowings from the Arabs. Much of the lost knowledge of the Ancient Greeks was found again. On these foundations the richer life of the Middle Ages was built.

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