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Were the "calamities' of "The dark age" overexaggerated to the point of not being dark at all?

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Most people accept the dark ages (a better term would be the middle ages) lasted from the fall of the Roman Empire (5th century) to the start of the Renaissance (15th century). It has since the Renaissance been traditionally thought that the 1,000 or so years between the fall of the Roman Empire to the start of the Renaissance was a period marked by stagnant technological advancements and artistic masterpieces. It was often called "the dark ages". We all know about the black plague and pillaging nomadic tribes, but it was often overlooked that hospitals were created during this period. The Persian Empire was introduced to paper (invented in China) which helped the Muslim scholars create the number system we use as well as the creation of books. It is often thought that the Renaissance, or the "age of antiquity" would not have happened without the invention of paper or our number system. 

French architects began building lavish cathedrals inspired by Persian architectural designs with intricate columns and massively tall and wide stain glass windows. The columns of these structures seem to float in mid air. The Magna Carta was signed in England which is considered the first document that put legal limits on the powers of monarchs and lead to modern day Democracy.  



The middle ages are now considered just as vibrant and innovative as the Roman Empire before it, and the Renaissance after it. A better term would be the middle ages.

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  • SwolliwSwolliw 1411 Pts   -  
    The Dark Ages were well and truly dark. So dark in fact, there seems to be a void, or black hole in history so far as what happened in the fourteenth century. Needless to say, there was a shift backwards in terms of civilization as if life wasn't already barbaric and primitive then. "The tumult of the era, its religious conflict and denigration, and debatable time period all work together to shroud the period in diminished light".

    So, it may look as though I am beating the same old drum here (i.e. religion) but can we expect anything more from an ill-founded, oppressive institution that gets so bad that it fights vehemently with itself? If it wasn't bad enough that doom, gloom and fear pervaded the lives of the commonfolk who were ill-educated, the perpetrators of doom and gloom had to resort to infighting to drag civilization backwards into a mire of depressive worthlessness.
    We are (slowly) learning from history and look forward to the day when every last remnant of religion has been obliterated from this planet so that civilisation can advance fruitfully and peacefully.
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