The Dark Ages

The Dark Ages

DVD - 2007
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Between the Fall of Rome and the dawn of the Renaissance, Europe plunged into a dark night of constant war, splintered sovereignties, marauding pagans, and more. As chaos replaced culture, Europe was beset by famine, plague, persecutions, and a state of war that was so persistent it was only rarely interrupted by peace. This program covers warlords whose armies threatened to cause the demise of European society, such as Alaric, Charles the Hammer, and Clovis; and the people who valiantly tended the flames of justice, knowledge, and innovation, including Charlemagne, St. Benedict, Empress Theodora, and other brave souls who fought for peace and enlightenment.
Publisher: [New York] : A&E Home Video : Distributed by New Video, [2007], 2006.
ISBN: 9780767097215
0767097211
Branch Call Number: DVD 940.12 DAR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 94 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Call Number: DVD 940.12 DAR

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IV27HUjg
Oct 12, 2016

Yes, liked this. I've probalby seen this before or similar films or books. What struck me most of all this time is realizing that kings, rulers, also killed thousands that would not yield or convert to Christianity - so not so different than the Moslem leader centuries ago. Convert or die. Charlemagne beheaded countless because they wouldn't give up their beliefs. Very interesting.

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ba_library
Jul 20, 2016

Always an interesting period. From the decline of the Roman Empire by Visigoths, Goths and Vandals. To the rise of the Franks with Charlemagne and his demands of Christianity (sort of overlooking issues of killing and destruction to achieve his Christian plans.) To the interaction between Christians and the approaching, expanding Muslims. Insert Vikings a little later for more chaos. Next Medieval knights and lords to King Alfred of England and the Crusades. Interspersed were periods of famine and plague killing large portions of the population. The History Channel always seems to find a few proper historians with a British accents and then includes a few excitable historians to give it some flash. The example of the Viking Blood Eagle was rather gruesome but it seems the Dark Ages in general were quite gruesome.

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miaone
Jul 06, 2016

I remember studying this stuff in college, but this video brought it all so much more to life. And death, in respect to the Black Death. Hard to imagine 3 out of 4 people you know dying suddenly and horribly and mysteriously.

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